School board aware of possible protests over Oakville teachers’ dress code as dress code undergoes review

The Halton District School Board (HDSB) says it “heard” of protests planned for Friday and over the weekend over an Oakville teacher’s controversial attire.

The footage has gone viral online and in the media over the past few days, appearing to show an Oakville Trafalgar High School teacher wearing large prosthetic breasts in class.

Social media posts said protests were planned over the controversy, both on Friday and over the weekend.

It comes after HDSB directors met and agreed to review the dress code.

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“At the September 21 board meeting, trustees passed a motion directing the director of education to return to the board by the end of November with an information report addressing various dress code considerations” , said the HDSB.

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The board said it is “committed to establishing and maintaining a safe, caring, inclusive, equitable and welcoming learning and working environment for all students and staff.”

“We strive to promote and support a positive learning environment in schools, in line with our values, and to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all students, staff and the community, regardless of race, age, abilities, gender, gender identity, gender expression. , sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, socio-economic circumstances, or body type/size,” the HDSB said.

“The HDSB recognizes the rights of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to fair treatment without discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

He said gender identity and expression are protected under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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The board said it would not provide further information as it is “a personnel matter”.

Earlier this week, the board issued a statement in which it said it wanted to “formally correct misinformation” regarding recent media coverage.

The statement said the individual was misidentified as an HDSB staff member who is “completely unrelated” to the case. The council noted that it would not confirm “the identity of the individual in the photos/videos/radio segments”, but asked that corrections be made.

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