The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) has set dates for its final sessions contributing to a report on bullying.
The last two meetings, originally set to be in-person in Waterdown, will take place virtually on Sept. 22 at 6:00 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Those who wish to take part can register online through Eventbrite. Registration closes for the Waterdown on Sunday, September 20 at 6 p.m.
“We remain committed to providing feedback and recommendations on how to prevent, intervene, respond to and report bullying thanks to the valuable input provided by participants across our community,” review panellist Jean Clinton said in a release on Thursday.
“The panel and HWDSB aim to build collaborative solutions that further contribute to safe learning environments, equity and social justice for all HWDSB students.”
The panel includes Clinton, a clinical professor in the department of psychology, psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University, Brenda Flaherty, an assistant professor at McMaster’s school of nursing, and Gary Warner, a former professor who has experience with issues related to poverty, human rights, anti-racism, immigration and social justice.
The deadline for the final report is now set for no later than Dec. 16, according to HWDSB spokesperson Shawn McKillop.
An interim report has already been submitted based on previous sessions and feedback the panel has received so far.
An online survey that was initially scheduled for April will also be postponed until the fall.
The review was called for by the board after 14-year-old Devan Selvey was fatally stabbed outside of his east Hamilton high school last October.
Devan’s mother, Shari-Ann Selvey, said she repeatedly tried to get help for her son, who was frequently bullied at school before he was killed.
A 14-year-old boy is charged with first-degree murder in Devan’s death. An 18-year-old man who cannot be identified due to a publication ban is also facing charges.