Staff, students, parents and school community promote and sustain student well-being and positive student behaviour in a safe, accepting, inclusive and healthy learning environment.
At the school:
A whole school approach is used to engage all members of the school community in developing policies and engaging in practices that will build and sustain a safe and accepting learning environment.
Safe and Accepting Schools Teams develop and update strategies to maintain and improve the school climate e.g., bullying prevention and intervention plans.
Healthy schools policies and programs are implemented (e.g., healthy eating, increased physical activity, injury prevention)
The tenets of equity and diversity are embedded in the school culture.
Ongoing opportunities are provided to gather and act on input regarding the learning culture from staff, students and parents including a process to survey students, staff and parents regarding school climate at least once every two years.
All staff have a duty to report incidents of discrimination, harassment and bullying, including incidents involving the use of social media.
All staff are aware of their role in responding to emergencies, including those under local police/school board protocols.
School-wide approaches promote positive relationship-building between and among students and educators, using tools such as peer mediation, conflict resolution and other evidence-informed practices.
Processes are in place to support new students as they become part of the school community (e.g. student ambassadors welcome new students to the classroom/school).
In the classroom:
Classroom practice reflects safe, accepting, inclusive, caring, respectful and healthy learning environments.
The learning environment supports the diversity of learners.
Character development is an integral part of the learning environment.
Early intervention and/or progressive discipline guides students’ choices and decision-making.
In addition to the necessary knowledge and skills, the learning environment provides modelling for students to make safe and healthy decisions (e.g., injury prevention, healthy eating, physical activity, digital safety).
Engage in safe and healthy living and healthy relationships, including those developed through social media.
Behave in accordance with the school code of conduct.
Contribute to the establishment of a safe, accepting and healthy learning environment.
Respond in accordance to school policy and practices to emergencies (e.g. fire drills, lock downs).
Report incidents of discrimination, harassment, bullying and injustice and contribute to solutions.
Contribute to problem-solving in respectful, responsible ways.
Establish and lead activities that promote safe, accepting and inclusive learning environments.