Programs

Safe schools information, December 2012

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing caring, safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments for all students. We are engaged in an ongoing review of both proactive and reactive strategies aimed at making our schools safe and welcoming learning environments.

Over time we have developed a range of practices to help our schools develop positive and safe school environments. They include:

  • character development;
  • bullying prevention education and awareness;
  • violence prevention programs;
  • emergency response protocols;
  • student success strategies;
  • citizenship development;
  • student leadership;
  • peer and group counselling;
  • restorative practices;
  • mentor programs; and
  • progressive discipline, which includes suspension or expulsion, when necessary.

We are continuing to implement Safe Schools Action Teams at each school to assist in the review and development of specific plans and approaches. Membership on Safe Schools Action Teams includes employees, parents/guardians, students and community representatives. At the district level we continue to work in partnership with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee, made up of employees, trustees, parents/guardians, community partners and police agencies. This group continues to play a valued role in guiding district direction as it relates to safe schools.

We welcome opportunities for input at the school level through direct conversations with principals and staff, and involvement with the School Councils or Safe School Teams. Opportunities for input at the district level involve direct conversations with school superintendents or local trustees, involvement with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee or the Parent Involvement Committee.

Thousands of employees, parents/guardians, students and community partners are already engaged in this important work. Our strength and success will come though our collective efforts.

REFERENCES

School board

Ministry of Education

Bullying We Can All Help Stop It (2011), A Guide for Parents of Elementary and Secondary School Students

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: December 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm