SCDSB position regarding H&PE Curriculum

Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) position regarding the status of Health and Physical Education Curriculum
Posted on 07/27/2018

The Ontario government recently announced its intention to begin public consultation on the current Health and Physical Education Curriculum. The government indicated that the most recent curriculum, released in 2015, will not be in place at the start of the school year. School boards have not yet received direction from the Ministry of Education as to next steps. As information becomes available, including opportunities for public consultation, the SCDSB will share that information with families, to ensure that members of our entire community have the opportunity to provide input regarding the new curriculum.

The SCDSB has received questions and concerns from students, families, staff and the community, specifically with respect to ensuring that topics such as consent, gender and online safety will continue to be taught to students.

The SCDSB expects our educators to follow the approved Ontario Curriculum. At the same time, we respect our educators’ discretion to exercise their professional judgement to make day-to-day decisions as to what, when and how information is taught. This will include providing our educators with the flexibility to adjust content and context to ensure students are prepared for present day realities. The SCDSB’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is foundational to the board’s Strategic Priorities (2017-2022). This includes respecting all voices, perspectives and lived-experiences within schools and classrooms. We strive to ensure that all students can see themselves clearly embedded in the curriculum. We want them to be safe, welcomed, and feel that they are valued members of the community.

The SCDSB is an inclusive organization. Through this statement, we want to be clear to students, families, staff and community members that, regardless of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, the SCDSB will uphold its responsibilities and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act and board policies. As a school board, we are committed to the well-being, safety and success of all students and will continue to be guided by our unwavering commitment to equity and inclusion in everything we do.

We want to assure our community that the SCDSB is fully committed to the well-being and achievement of all students by providing sound instruction within learning environments that align with the realities of the world in which we live. When we know who our students are, we can make informed decisions about how to best teach them in ways that are relevant and engaging. This means that topics pertinent to today’s students will continue to be taught in classrooms, and teachers will be supported in doing so. This remains a priority in the SCDSB. We are confident that SCDSB staff will continue to create safe and accepting environments for all students.

Further questions or concerns about the Health and Physical Education Curriculum should be directed to your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and/or the Minister of Education in order to offer feedback or inquire about how you can offer input into upcoming consultations on this matter.

Peter Beacock, Chairperson  Steve Blake, Director of Education