The Ward 14 team and I just wanted to provide you with an advisory regarding events which happened this week.
Earlier this week, Toronto Police arrested John Pate, an occasional teacher who was working at another TDSB school this year, on charges related to sexual misconduct. Mr Pate previously worked at Sprucecourt PS as a supply teacher and ECE during the 2015-2016 school year. He also served as an ECE for the 2013-2014 school year. However, the charges date back to 2009 and do not involve any incident at our school. More information about the charges will be included in a media release from Toronto Police. Visit http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases to see that release when it is posted.
While it is important to remember that laying criminal charges does not constitute guilt, and that a person is innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law, we also cannot and do not take these allegations lightly. Safety is a top priority at TDSB schools and we are committed to enforcing policies about the well-being of our students. Mr. Pate will remain on home assignment, pending outcome of the matter.
We know that this situation may be upsetting for some students and will ensure that supports are in place for them. TDSB staff are available to help with any questions or concerns students might have.
Our practice in a situation like this is to share as much information as we can with you. However, please do keep in mind that, because this is a police matter, there is much that we cannot share or do not know.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Superintendent Jane Philips-Long at Jane.Phillips-Long@tdsb.on.ca and feel free to CC me.
Trustee, Ward 14
Toronto District School Board