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More religious accommodation recommended by Peel District School Board

In consultation with the its senior administration and Equity staff, Peel District School Board has formulated the following recommendations to revise the Religious Accommodation Operating Procedure for prayer, including Jummah [Friday] prayer for Muslim students in public school:

  • All prayer spaces will continue to be supervised by school staff.
  • Prayer will be led by students only, on Friday, for Jummah prayer.
  • Two or more students can pray together on any other day but prayers would not be led nor include a sermon.
  • Students may write their own sermon (khutbah} or can use a sermon (khutbah) from a bank of prewritten sermons, obtained from the school MSA or a local faith leader.
  • Sermons will be presented in English, except for any verses quoted directly from the Quran.
  • Sermons must comply with the school code of conduct, the Education Act, its Regulations and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  • As with all student activities in schools, appropriate disciplinary and corrective action will be taken where there are any contraventions of the Ontario Human Rights Code or the school code of conduct.

On January 10, 2017, Peel District School Board will vote on this recommendations. Representatives of the Muslim community in Peel Region who attended the meeting demanded more accommodating arrangements for Muslim students at public schools that will allow students to pray in groups at school any day of the week and to write and deliver their own sermons.

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