Recommendations for development of Policy may be initiated by a variety of sources: Trustees, students, staff, members of Senior Administration, Ministry of Education or parents/guardians and community. This may occur through individual, group or committee action. Stakeholder input into the agenda may be done through written submission to the Chair who will bring it to the agenda setting meeting.
Recommendations for Policy development will normally be channelled through the Policy Committee for consideration by the Board of Trustees. Where this is not possible or practical, due to short timelines or other constraints, the recommendation may be routed directly to the Board of Trustees and subsequently reviewed by the Policy Committee. The development or approval of some specific Policy matters (e.g., Finance, Board Governance) may be directed to other District School Board of Niagara Committees.
The Policy Committee may also review any existing Policy and recommend to the Board of Trustees reconsideration, revision, modification, deletion or any other course of action.
Whether generating or reviewing Policy, the District School Board of Niagara is committed to ensuring a learning and working environment, through inclusive programs, curriculum, services, and operations, in which everyone is treated with respect, and no one is subject to discrimination. This commitment confirms and upholds the principles enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Constitution Act, 1982, the Ontario Human Rights Code (“the Code” hereafter) and the Education Act.