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About HWDSB Policies

Board policies deal with all areas of school and board life. Policies help everyone in the school community understand expectations and rights.

Policies and directives are important resources which govern the operation of Hamilton-Wentworth District Schools. They provide belief statements and operating guidelines for parents and staff regarding the administration of program, property, student, staff and Board matters.

It is the expectation of HWDSB that all employees, students and persons invited to, or visiting Board property; or partaking/volunteering in Board or school-sponsored events and activities will respect the policies and procedures of the Board.

1.0 Communication and Community Engagement

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) values and is committed to nurturing positive relationships and timely, accessible open, two-way communications with its stakeholders. Schools play a vital role in establishing and maintaining such positive relationships and in attaining a reciprocal flow of information.

HWDSB recognizes the important role that all its stakeholders play in the lives of students in the delivery of public education and supporting student success. HWDSB believes the broader community has insight, valuable experience and practical advice that benefits all students.

1.1 Barrier-Free Learning Environments

1.2 Community Engagement

1.3 Copyright Fair Dealing

1.4 Integrated Accessibility Standards

1.5 Parent Engagement

1.6 Privacy and Information Management

1.7 Visual Identity

1.8 Volunteer

 

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2.0 Facilities

Hamilton‐Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) believes in maintaining equitable, efficient and sustainable schools and other board facilities that provide safe and high-quality learning and working environments for students, staff and the community.

2.1 Boundary Review

2.2 Inclement Weather and Board Cancellations

2.3 Naming of Schools

2.4 Property Disposition

2.5 Pupil Accommodation Review

2.6 Use of Board Facilities

3.0 Finance

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) believes that conducting efficient and effective financial management practices ensures appropriate and transparent stewardship of all HWDSB resources.

Through the delivery of service to schools, HWDSB’s mission of empowering students to learn and grow to their full potential in a diverse world, will be achieved.

3.1 Advertising Expenditure

3.2 Advocacy Expenditures

3.3 Education Development Charges Alternative Accommodations for School Facility

3.4 Education Development Charges School Sites and Operating Budget

3.5 Employee Expense

3.6 Fundraising

3.7 Procurement

3.8 Student Fees

3.9 Transportation

3.10 Trustee Expense

4.0 Human Resources

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) strives to be an employer of choice that attracts, recruits and retains employees who perform exemplary service to fulfill our mission.

HWDSB believes in supporting employee well-being through a positive culture. This includes strengthening positive and respectful relationships with employee groups, while promoting accountability to ensure safe and inclusive working and learning environments.

4.1 Accommodation of Staff

4.2 Employee Attendance Support

4.3 Occupational Health and Safety

4.4 Performance Appraisal

4.5 Professional Learning

4.6 Recruitment and Selection

4.7 Staff Engagement

4.8 Staff Progressive Discipline

4.9 Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention

5.0 Safety and Well-Being

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is committed to creating and supporting safe and healthy schools and workplaces.

HWDSB promotes and maintains a safe, caring, healthy, inclusive and equitable learning and teaching community for students and staff.

5.1 Arrival Check

5.2 Bullying Prevention and Intervention

5.3 Code of Conduct

5.4 Equity and Inclusive Education

5.5 Medical Health Supports

5.6 Nutrition

5.7 Student Behaviour and Discipline

 

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6.0 Student Learning and Achievement

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) strives to ensure that all students are engaged in diverse and innovative learning opportunities, through effective instructional and assessment practices, leading to improved student outcomes.

6.1 21st Century Learning and Technology

6.2 Assessment Evaluation and Reporting

6.3 Community Involvement Activities

6.4 Educational Excursions

6.5 Environment

6.6 First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education

6.7 Political Activity in Schools During Elections

6.8 Program

6.9 Student Engagement

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