The issue of public school boards distributing Gideon Bibles is once again before some Ontario school boards. CCLA has previously expressed concerns about this practice and wrote about the issue to the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) on a number of occasions. The WRDSB subsequently rescinded their policy on the distribution of non-instructional religious materials and ceased the practice of allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles to students. You can read more about the CCLA’s previous work on this issue here.
CCLA has recently learned that the Bluewater District School Board is currently considering policy options around their ongoing practice of allowing Bible distribution. In addition, it appears that the practice may also be occurring in schools in the Grand Erie District School Board. CCLA has written to both of these boards raising concerns about this practice and policies that may allow for the proselytization of religion to public school students.