Niagara Catholic District School Board
RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION POLICY
Adopted: June 15, 2010
Revised: November 23, 2010
Policy No. 100.10.1
(Equity and Inclusive Education Policy)
STATEMENT OF POLICY
The Niagara Catholic District School Board (the Board) is committed to the values of freedom of religion and freedom from discriminatory or harassing behaviours based on religion and will take all reasonable steps to provide religious accommodations within the legal rights afforded to the Catholic school system. Such accommodations will be provided to staff, students and their families.
The Board believes in the dignity of all people and their equality as children of God. The Board recognizes the importance of freedom of religion and strives to recognize, value and honour the many customs, traditions and beliefs that make up the Catholic community.
Freedom of religion is an individual right and a collective responsibility. The Board commits to work with the community it serves to foster an inclusive learning environment that promotes acceptance and protects individuals from discrimination and harassment on the basis of their religion.
In accordance with the Catholic Church’s teachings, it is the policy of the Board to provide, in all its operations, an educational environment which promotes and supports diversity within its Catholic community as well as the equal attainment of life opportunities for all students, staff, parents and members of other recognized faith communities.
The Director of Education will issue Administrative Guidelines in support of this policy.