Discriminatory and harmful language causes pain and trauma to individuals to whom it is directed. The HDSB created the Discriminatory and Harmful Language Protocol to provide clear expectations for how staff respond when harm is caused.
Staff respond by interrupting the language; providing an explanation why the language is harmful and discriminatory; ensuring support is provided for those harmed; and reporting the incident to school administration for further follow up and accountability. Should incidents of discrimination or hate occur in our schools, HDSB staff are committed to responding quickly using the Discriminatory and Harmful Language Protocol. This protocol responds to discriminatory language used against people based on the protected grounds in the Ontario Human Rights Code. This protocol will be followed by students and staff to promote a school environment free from discriminatory language.
Discriminatory and Harmful Language Protocol Video