On Nov. 19, 2019, the Peel District School Board Trustees approved Policy 51 – Human Rights, which has been updated. Policy 51 applies to all members of the Peel board community, including trustees, committee members, employees, students, parents/guardians, permit holders, vendors, service providers, contractors, volunteers, visitors and all other persons who are invited to, work at, or attend board events. In addition to the policy, the Human Rights Commissioner's Office (HRCO) has developed and implemented a new operating procedure that outlines the complaints resolution process.
The HRCO is responsible for:
- reviewing the board's policies and procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure they are compliant with the Ontario Human Rights Code
- providing human rights education and training to all members of the Peel board community
- confidentially reviewing and resolving complaints brought to it in a fair, just and equitable manner
- providing analysis and advice on human rights, including religious accommodation, inclusion strategies, support tools for traditionally marginalized communities and other equity issues
The Peel board established the Human Rights Commissioner's Office in December 2018 with the hiring of Human Rights Commissioner Jayashree (Jay) Sengupta. The office now includes a team of professionals with expertise in the area of human rights, equity and dispute resolution.
For more information about the HRCO, visit www.peelschools.org/aboutus/hrco.