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Students invited to participate in focus groups to gather insight into HDSB’s response to racism

Students invited to attend virtual focus groups in early June; registration form due May 31 The Halton District School Board will be conducting virtual focus groups with secondary students (Grade 9-12) during the month of June to gather student insight into the Board’s current response to racism in schools. Gathering this information supports the Board’s ongoing accountability to its equity goals, as outlined in the 2020-2024 Multi-Year Plan and the Human Rights Equity Action & Accountability Plan: The Way Forward. The focus groups will be hosted virtually across each of the four municipalities in Halton. “As a Board we are invested in learning more about how well students feel we have responded to incidents of racism in our schools,” says Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education with responsibility for Equity. “The information and insights received will be reviewed over the summer and a report will be developed with recommendations to guide and inform a plan of action and enhanced accountability beginning in the fall.” Interested secondary students must complete the ‘Student Insight Conversations on HDSB’s Response to Racism’ Registration Form by Monday, May 31 at 4 p.m. Participation is voluntary. The virtual focus groups will take place between 1 - 3 p.m. or 4 - 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Oakville: Wednesday, June 2

  • Halton Hills: Monday, June 7

  • Milton: Wednesday, June 9

  • Burlington: Thursday, June 10

The focus groups will be facilitated by HDSB staff in the Equity and Research departments.


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