The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) recognizes that the naming/renaming of a school is important for both the school community which includes the staff, the students, and their families as well as the community in which a school is located. The framework included in this policy supports an inclusive and equitable approach to the naming/renaming of a school. It also ensures that the impacted school community is involved in the request of the formation of an ad hoc naming committee while also ensuring that the community at large has input if and when a naming committee is formed.
The Superintendent of Education of the school(s) involved would bring forward the recommendation on behalf of the school communities to initiate an Ad Hoc Naming Committee to the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Office of the Director of Education. The Chair and the Director of Education with input from the local trustee(s), would determine if the request for a naming committee be included on the agenda of an upcoming board meeting.
The naming of a school occurs during the process of a new school build which can be the result of an accommodation review or when enrolment increases in a community and an additional school facility is required. This recommendation would be made by the new school transition committee which is outlined in the Accomodation Review policy.
The renaming of a school may occur because of a consolidation of existing schools through an accommodation review. This recommendation would be made by the transition committee which is outlined in the Accomodation Review policy.
The renaming of a school may also occur when a request is made by the school council in elementary schools or together the school council and student council in secondary schools who feel they have sufficient reason to believe their school community would benefit from a review and a potential renaming of their school. The rationale can stem from the request to develop a new identity for the school. It also can come from new learning or gathered input from the community at large that the school community feels is relevant to their request. In this case, the councils would submit their rationale for the recommendation to the Superintendent of the school.
To guide the naming of a school, the Naming Committee through an equitable and inclusive lens will consider names that: