Julie Payette Public School (JPPS) opened its doors in September 2011 as a French Immersion School with a population of almost 800 students. Our school is located on Garden Street in Whitby and provides programming for students from kindergarten to grade eight. Students are drawn from several different school communities located south of Taunton Road in Whitby (excluding the Williamsburg subdivision). The vast majority of our students are bussed to school every day.
The Durham District School Board and JPPS follow the Guidelines and Procedures for the Accommodation of Religious Requirements Practices and Observances. This document has been produced in compliance with requirements of Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy within the contexts of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code. This document assists us in creating and maintaining equitable and inclusive environments within our schools and facilities, and guides the process of providing religious accommodations as the need arises. The document is available for viewing at http://ddsb.durham.edu.on.ca/DDSBmain.htm (highlight programs on the left panel, then Equity and Inclusive Education, then Guidelines). If you anticipate that you or your family might require religious accommodation at any point during the school year we ask that you inform us as early as possible, preferably at the start of the school year. Areas that you might consider include, but are not limited to, the following: Observation of major religious holy days and celebrations Accommodation in, or exemption from, specific areas of the curriculum or other school activities Religious attire Modesty requirements in physical education School opening and closing exercises Prayer Dietary requirements You are also welcome to speak to our school administrators about unanticipated religious accommodation needs as they arise.