October 27th, 2023
At the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) we’re transforming education in partnership with those we serve. Student academic achievement and well-being are at the heart of what we do. We are committed to making our schools places where every student can succeed. However, we know we can’t do this without the partnership of the community that surrounds us.
Engaging with the Community
We believe it takes a village to raise a child and we need many villages across the region to help us raise all the children in WRDSB.
Student achievement and well-being will not improve without effective partnerships and engagement. Our vision places schools at the heart of their local communities. We see them as places where community partners provide the additional support that allow schools to focus on education. It’s a partnership where school communities enjoy a sense of investment and ownership with the local neighbourhood.
For this to be effective, these partnerships need to occur at all levels within the community:
- With municipal and provincial governments
- With local community non-governmental organizations, agencies or coalitions
Read more about our plan to support Community Engagement.
Systems and Structures
In order to improve relationships with the community, we need new policies that support collaboration. Specifically, our plans include:
- Creating Guidelines for Community Collaboration
- Revising and Amending Procedures for Community Use of Schools
Read more about our plans to evolve our Systems and Structures.
Community Partnership and Collaboration
We aim to create a consistent, collaborative environment and relationship with:
- Community organizations
- Local governments
We heard a need for more touchpoints and engagement from:
- Community groups
- Cultural groups
- Religious groups
This is so they can support families with their needs, questions and concerns about students’ education. We aim to work with organizations to:
- Identify opportunities to increase touchpoints
- Provide a WRDSB presence in their environments to support families
Read more about our plans to foster Community Partnership and Collaboration.