Throughout the 2022-23 Fall & Spring terms, students at Oakville Trafalgar High School and other HDSB schools became part of an international media spectacle - testing the limits of "diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI)" and "identity & expression" in a school environment. The rights of parents and students to ask questions, voice concerns and be engaged in conversations that affect students' interests and well-being were largely ignored. The situation remains, as yet, unresolved and further action is required.
The HDSB’s reputation and relationship with the parent community has been severely damaged. Parents are now insisting on accountability measures for education administrators and personnel who allowed the situation to unfold and escalate from September 2022 onwards.
Parents have established a series of steps the HDSB must take, in conjunction with educational authorities, to help facilitate a productive path forward.
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April 12, 2023: Today, Students First Ontario issued a media release presenting the results of a recent survey of parents and their views on the way the K. Lemieux issue has been managed by the HDSB. The findings indicate that parents were not satisfied with the handling of the situation, or that the issue has been adequately resolved. Parents' trust and confidence in the Board has been eroded. A series of steps have been proposed for the HDSB to pursue to help restore the Board's relationship with HDSB families.