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EMSB expresses profound sadness at the loss of life in Israel and Gaza

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Montreal - Monday, October 16, 2023

In the wake of the terrorist attack  by Hamas on Israel and the ensuing violence in the region, the English Montreal School Board wishes to make the following statement.

We express profound sadness at the loss of life of innocent victims in Israel and Gaza and we pray for a peaceful resolution to this dispute.

The EMSB recognizes that the current crisis will have a deep impact on many members of our community. This is a frightening and emotional time for many, particularly for those with close connections to this part of the world.  

Our focus is on ensuring our students have the support they require. The team from the EMSB Mental Health Resource Centre has experts available to provide counseling to our students and staff affected by this war. We are also in communication with organizations providing relief efforts to the region to see how we may be of assistance.

We wish to reiterate that the deliberate targeting of civilians is never justified. The EMSB has students and staff of all faiths and a zero tolerance for any acts of hatred and racism. Our commitment is to ensure that our schools are inclusive spaces where everyone, whatever their race or religion, is welcome and feels safe.  

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at www.emsb.qc.ca.

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