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

Policies and procedures 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.

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A.0 Human Rights

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is committed to providing learning and working environments that are welcoming, respectful, accessible, and free from discrimination and harassment. The Human Rights Policy is complementary to and does not substitute individual or group rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code). The purpose of this policy is:

  • to affirm HWDSB’s commitment to foster and maintain a culture of human rights in all HWDSB environments;
  • to ensure that members of the HWDSB community understand their rights and responsibilities in upholding and protecting human rights where they learn, work, access or provide services;
  • to put in place accountability measures and procedures for human rights concerns to be brought forward, and be resolved in a fair and timely manner using culturally responsive approaches; and
  • to articulate the Board’s commitment in fulfilling its positive human rights obligations.

A1.1  Human Rights

A1.2  Anti-Black Racism

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

1.7 Visual Identity

1.8 Volunteer


2.0 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

3.5 Employee Expense

3.6 Fraud Prevention and Management

3.7 Fundraising

3.8 Procurement

3.9 Student Fees

3.10 Transportation

3.11 Trustee Expense

3.12 Trustee Honorarium

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 – Disability

4.2 Employee Attendance Support

4.3 Occupational Health and Safety Policy

4.4 Performance Appraisal

4.5 Professional Learning

4.6 Equitable Employee Recruitment, Retention and Advancement

4.7 Staff Engagement

4.8 Staff Progressive Discipline

4.9 Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention Policy

4.10 Whistleblower Policy

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 Student Attendance and Safe Arrival

5.2 Bullying Prevention and Intervention

5.3 Code of Conduct

5.4 Equity and Inclusion 

5.5 Medical Health Supports

5.6 Nutrition

5.7 Student Behaviour and Discipline



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 Modern Learning Policy

6.2 Assessment Evaluation and Reporting

6.4 Educational Excursions

6.5 Environment

6.6 First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education

6.7 Political Activities in Schools

6.9 Student Engagement

6.10 Student Registration and Admission

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