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new safe school policy effective feb1 2008
« on: February 05, 2008, 01:53:10 PM »
Safe Schools Amendments Come Into Effect February 1

    QUEEN'S PARK, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - New changes that make Ontario's schools
safer by more effectively combining discipline with opportunities for students
to keep learning take effect February 1, 2008.

    School boards are now required to:
    -   Provide programs to students who have been expelled or are on a long-
        term suspension to allow them to continue their education and access
        services such as anger management or career counselling
    -   Treat bullying as an infraction for which suspension must be
    -   Consider mitigating and other factors before students are suspended
        or expelled
    -   Respond to all inappropriate behaviours in the most appropriate way
        instead of automatic suspensions and expulsions (in most cases). This
        could include a range of consequences such as meetings with parents,
        referral to a community agency, suspension or expulsion.

    "A safe learning environment is essential for students to succeed," said
Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "I am confident that we will continue to
make our schools safer by building on the investments and changes we have
already put in place."
    To help make these changes more effective, school boards are being
encouraged to work more closely with local community agencies. These could
include mental health providers and child and family services. The province
will provide $9 million over the next three years to help boards work with
community partners to provide at-risk students with access to these additional
    "When community agencies and school boards work together, children, youth
and their families benefit," said Minister of Children and Youth Services Deb
Matthews. "Partnerships like these help young people succeed in school and
become healthy productive adults."
    The new requirements complement an investment of more than $43.7 million
for training, programs and supports to address inappropriate behaviour, and
fund additional personnel to help students and build upon work already done to
improve school safety in Ontario. They also address a number of the
recommendations made by the School Community Safety Advisory Panel.


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