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Information to support school communities during police investigations or traumatic situations

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we are proud to serve students and their families. Student safety and well-being are our first priorities at all times, and they are responsibilities we take very seriously. We strive to create safe, welcoming, inclusive and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

When something occurs that impacts student safety and well-being, it is of significant concern to us all. When police are involved, we cooperate fully and also conduct our own investigation. The employee is not currently working in a school. These matters are always sensitive and confidential and we will communicate as we are able.

Skilled child and youth counsellors are at schools to talk with students and connect families with resources, as needed.

Parents/guardians who have questions or concerns are asked to speak with their child’s principal. Anyone who has information that may be relevant to the ongoing investigation, are asked to contact Central Hastings OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Information to support school communities during police investigations or traumatic situations

In these times of instant and continuous coverage of news and events, the impact of police investigations or traumatic situations on adults and children alike can be profound, especially when schools and students are involved. Many people relate closely to those affected and to the alleged victims and their families.

It is important to take care of ourselves and each other in the aftermath of traumatic news and investigations, so that we can be a source of strength for students, families and each other.

Tips for responding to students

1. Minimize exposure to details of a criminal investigation or traumatic situation

2. If students raise the topic

Some students may raise the topic and it is important to know how to respond. If you feel additional support is required, students can be referred to a child and youth counsellor.

and then communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators or a trusted adult, and accessing support for emotional needs.

Tips for providing support to students and families without getting into the details of an investigation

3. Provide a welcoming presence, reassure safety at the school

4. Reassure parents and families that the school community is safe and that supports are available

5. Watch for students who may be vulnerable

Children who are struggling with their thoughts and feelings about an investigation, allegations or traumatic situation may turn to trusted adults for help and guidance.

6. Taking care of ourselves and each other

Self-care following an investigation or traumatic event is very important.

7. Supportive responses for survivors

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]