DSBN speaks out on Ford's sex ed plans

The DSBN is commenting on Premier Doug Ford's plans to use the 1998 version of the sex ed curriculum until a consultation process is complete.

The Board says it is aware of the government’s intention to make changes to curriculum, but school boards have not received any official direction from the Ministry of Education.

The DSBN says it will rely upon the current curriculum content and they will inform the public of the government’s revised expectations, as well as information on how they can participate in the consultation process.

The board which has over 35,000 students enrolled in DSBN schools says they will also seek further direction from the elected Board of Trustees.

You can read the full statement from the DSBN below.

Ford has said the government will engage in a province-wide consultation to create a new lesson plan, and until then teachers will use a 1998 version of the curriculum.

Meantime, nearly 1,800 health-care workers signed a petition asking the Tory government to stop plans to repeal and replace Ontario's updated sex-ed curriculum.
    
The petition was delivered to the provincial legislature by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath today.

The group of health-care workers who signed the petition says repealing the curriculum will put children's safety and mental health at risk by providing them with outdated information.

The Board is aware of the government’s intention to make changes to the Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum. However, school boards have not received any official direction from the Ministry of Education. As such, the DSBN will rely upon the current HPE document for curriculum content. Should this change, we will inform both staff and the community of the government’s revised expectations, as well as information on how they can participate in the consultation process. We will also seek further direction from the elected Board of Trustees. The DSBN is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all students and teaching will continue to reflect that priority.