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Student Safety

Safe Schools ~ Policy 430

The Upper Canada District School Board is determined to provide a safe, caring, and secure environment for students and staff.  To that end, the Board of Education instructs the Director to provide the following to ensure such a safe environment:

• a Student Mental Health Advisory Circle of trustees, students, psychologists, parents, and other professionals be established to monitor safe schools issues and promote positive school environments;

• a mechanism be in place to support victims of violence;

• clear instruction that leads to the recommendation of the expulsion of a student by the Board whenever necessary to protect the safe environment at all our facilities;

• clear instruction that leads to the suspension or dismissal of any staff member who threatens the safe environment of the school;

• cooperative liaison with police forces through the Police / School Board Protocol to facilitate protection and support as needed at each school;

• the laying of charges against trespassers, students, or employees as necessary;

• each school principal/vice-principal shall consider the most appropriate response to address inappropriate behaviour including the suspension of students for up to twenty (20) days for incidents that compromise the safety of students or staff, subject to all mitigating and other factors as required by the Education Act and as set out in Ontario Regulation 472 /07; and

• a monitoring system that facilitates reports to the Board as needed on recommended actions by the Student Mental Health Advisory Circle and actions taken by the Director to implement this policy.

This policy is subject to annual review following the report by the Director of Education to the Board and Community on Safe Schools.

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