The Near North District School Board has held its first board meeting of the school year.

Trustees and staff with the board met Wednesday to discuss key topics which included welcoming students back-to-school as well as highlighting the board’s anti-racism statement.

Staff was also acknowledged for their commitment and dedication in preparing for a school year unlike any other.

“We have worked very hard to ensure our schools and board office are safe for everyone as we resume learning and educating,” Director of Education Craig Myles said in a press release.

The Board’s anti-racism statement on equity, inclusion and the illumination of discrimination and racism was unveiled by Chair Jay Aspin.

“Providing safe and equitable spaces for people from all walks of life is a top priority for our Board. We are striving to provide supports and learning opportunities that affirm identities and celebrate the diversity of our community. While the NNDSB has taken significant steps in relation to equity and inclusion, we acknowledge and recognize that there is much more to be done. Our schools need to be places where all of our students can flourish in safe and accepting environments.”

The next meeting of the Board will take place on October 13 at 6:00 p.m.