Exclusions and Competing Rights in Schools

Event Details

April 12, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

Zoom Webinar

Please note registration for this event is now closed.

Fee: $175.00 plus $22.75 (13% HST)
Total $197.75 per person


Educators and school boards have an obligation to provide every student with meaningful and equitable access to an education while taking reasonable measures to keep all students and staff safe from foreseeable harm. To that end, students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodation in their learning environments. But what happens when the behaviour of these students creates safety issues for themselves, other students and school staff? How can special educators and administrators deal with these increasingly common occurrences while managing the competing rights of both students and staff under the Education Act, Human Rights Code and Occupational Health and Safety Act?


In this workshop, we will discuss the following intersecting legal obligations and implications for:

  • students’ right to safety
  • staff safety and work refusals
  • the duty to accommodate and meaningful access to education
  • the obligation to interpret students’ rights intersectionally
  • the appropriate use of exclusions as a tool to address harmful behaviour in the classroom

Audience and Learning Objectives

Superintendents of education for special education and equity, human resources professionals and school administrators will develop an understanding of the factors they must consider when dealing with harmful behaviours resulting from the disabilities and behavioural exceptionalities of students. They will learn how to balance their legal obligations to provide meaningful and equitable access to education while ensuring the safety of all students and staff.

Hicks Morley will endeavour to accommodate guests with a disability in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code guidelines and other applicable legislation.



This program has been approved for 2 hour(s) of Continuing Professional Development by the Human Resources Professional Association.
For members of the Law Society of Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 2 Substantive Hour(s).


Practice Areas: Employment Law, Human Rights, Occupational HealthIndustries: School Boards