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Remembrance Day Statement
NEWS RELEASE                    
Greater Essex County District School Board 451 Park Street West, Windsor ON N9A 6K1
519-255- 3200
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2014
Contact: Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury
Phone: 519-255-3200 ext. 10224
 
 
A Statement from the Director of Education
 
It is incredibly disappointing that an unfortunate misunderstanding has detracted from the solemn observance of Remembrance Day throughout the Greater Essex County District School Board.
 
I wish to clarify the content and intent of a memo referenced in a recent editorial by a Sun News commentator in Toronto.
 
The aforementioned memo was circulated to all Principals in the Board to highlight the history of Remembrance Day and to inform them that, in light of the tragic events in Ottawa and Quebec, we had received some expressions of concern regarding safety for students scheduled to attend public Remembrance Day activities at municipal memorials.
 
Principals were reminded to be considerate of any requests for students to be exempted on that basis and that they were to provide meaningful activities at the school in lieu of the outing. As well, the message included ideas to help reflect “Canada’s diverse military and to honour those families who are and have been our allies in conflicts that we as a nation have participated.”
 
Remembrance Day is an important date on our School Board Calendar. It is enthusiastically supported in each school community and the evidence is in the powerful and poignant events staged by students and staff at each location.
 
We shall continue to remember the valiant Canadians who have served and continue to protect the freedoms we enjoy and we will maintain the dialogue in our classrooms to underline its importance.
 
Erin Kelly
Director of Education
Greater Essex County District School Board