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Safe, Caring and Green Schools
 
Our schools prove it’s easy being green   

Mundy’s Bay and Sunnybrae public schools were listed as two of the top 20 energy efficient elementary schools in Learning And Living Green CelebrationNorth America and Twin Lakes Secondary School is in the top five for secondary schools. The Sustainable School List, developed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, also placed Nantyr Shores Secondary School, Clearview Meadows Elementary School and Trillium Woods Elementary School in the top five most improved schools for energy savings. More information on the Sustainable School List can be found at www.trca.on.ca.  Find out more about our environmental initiatives.


Solar power panels on public school rooftops another step closer  

We are one step closer to having rooftop solar power systems installed on 41 schools and board buildings. AMP Solar was awarded the SCDSB’s solar licensing agreement, which will see AMP build, finance, own and operate the solar assets on a 20-year contract. In return, AMP will pay the SCDSB a leasing fee based on the area of rooftop space occupied by solar panels. Educational opportunities for staff and students will accompany the installation, connecting facility technology to the curriculum. The installed systems could potentially generate 4 megawatts per day—enough to power 10,000 microwaves or 1,800 refrigerators per day, or the equivalent of burning 850 tonnes of coal in a year. Read more about the solar panel program.

Schools work to prevent bullying 

All year long, our schools work to prevent bullying. The official Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is in November. During that week, many SCDSB schools held events. Here are some examples:

Pink Shirt DayFred C. Cook Public School  held a ‘Heroes Unite’ assembly featuring international, award-winning speaker Scott Dietrich.

Victoria Harbour Elementary School ran a campaign for the month of November called “High Five a Hero.” This campaign provided the school community with an opportunity to positively recognize students, teachers and support staff.

Collingwood Collegiate Institute held an anti-bullying session for all staff, involving students from the school’s SANE (Students Advocating Non-Violence Everywhere) Group.

Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School had a “Stand Up Speak Up” wall where students signed an anti-bullying declaration.

Read more about our Safe and Healthy Schools initiative.
Equity in Action Symposium
‘Equity in Action’ symposium empowers students  

Our Equity in Action symposium, hosted partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, had more than 200 students learning about ways to increase equity, inclusiveness and social justice in their schools.

Equity and Inclusive Education is an important part of our school communities. To read more about it, visit our Equity and Inclusive Education section.

SCDSB schools use film, artwork to address impact of bullying  

More than 1,000 students and staff took part in activities recognizing the International Day of Pink. The board hosted a film screening and art exhibits addressing issues of equity, inclusion and diversity. The 2011 documentary Bully was shown to elementary students at the Uptown Theatre in Barrie and secondary students expressed themselves by creating an exhibit of artwork that addressed issues of inclusion and the impact of bullying.