Creating Safe and Caring School Communities All Year Long

Nov. 17, 2014

Creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for every student is critical to achieving our Mission. We continually look for ways to ensure we are supporting and being responsive to the students in our care.  This means that every day, our schools are working to create safe, caring and respectful school communities, where everyone feels connected.

There is a wide range of diversity with our students, employees, and families including:

  • physical ability
  • mental ability
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity
  • race
  • ancestry
  • gender
  • religious beliefs
  • socioeconomic status
  • family status

Our Board of Trustees has defined diversity as "the full range of uniqueness within humanity."

Our approaches to inclusion and whole school wellness are as unique as our student population. What works in one school may not be the best approach for another. A whole school approach provides each school the opportunity and flexibility to be responsive within their own learning community.

National Bullying Awareness Week provides us with an opportunity to shine a light on what our schools are doing every day to help students feel connected  and to stand up to bullying if and when it occurs. However, paying attention to whole school wellness is not a one-week or a one-time approach. It is an ongoing commitment to creating environments where everyone is welcome and feels respected and safe.

Throughout this week, we are featuring stories from different schools about whole school wellness. We invite you to read them and view the accompanying videos to learn about how these approaches are making a positive difference in our schools.

For more information, please have a look at the additional resources listed on the right of this page and don’t forget to check back here every day this week for new stories.