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Preparing to go back to school during COVID-19

Going back to school this year will be a challenge

Families and school districts are weighing difficult decisions on whether to return to school in person, online or a hybrid of the two during the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter which learning model is put in place, the school year is going to be challenging…

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Public Safety Alert : Increase in Suspected Opioid Overdoses in Brant

In July, Brantford Police responded to a total of 22 suspected opioid overdose incidents, including one death. This is almost double the number of suspected overdoses seen in June (12 overdoses) and the average number of overdose incidents reported in the first six months of 2020 (13 overdoses per month). Fentanyl has been suspected to be involved in most of these incidents…

  • Posted on 31 Jul 2020
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Know Your Rights

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has provided a new online resource re: Children and Young Persons’ Rights. The Rights Resource is intended to support children and youth in understanding their rights in child-friendly language and direct them to someone they can talk to if they have questions. It also acts as a resource for parents, caregivers and staff to support and understand the rights of children and young persons.  

To access the resource, click here.

  • Posted on 30 Jul 2020
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Teach Kids Acceptance, Kindness and Inclusion

Children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4 – and probably even earlier. It is important to have conversations about acceptance, being kind to others, and inclusion with your child as early as preschool.

Now and most especially when global outrage over recent events and systemic racism are no longer front and centre, it will be essential –  especially for white parents – to continue the dialogue about inequities, anti-racism, humanity, and social justice.

One easy way to take action and make change is to make sure your home library has books that include a broad representation of  stories. This will help break down dominant belief systems in the long run. Wondering how to start a conversation with your kids about kindness, humanity, anti-racism and inclusion?

Click here for a list of books and resources available to parents and caregivers.

  • Posted on 18 Jun 2020
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