This information is also found in the Frontenac Secondary School Student Agenda
SAFE SCHOOLS: IN ADVERSE AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES
Ensuring the safety of all students and staff is of utmost concern. A safe environment is required for students and for school staff.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
Students are not to bring visitors to the school for the day. Anyone recognized as an outsider to the school should be reported to the Main Office immediately.
BULLYING AWARENESS, PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
Staff are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them tools to respond and to stop it from happening as part of our awareness and prevention strategies.
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power.
When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, educational assistant or school administrator immediately. Bullying behaviuour will be addressed using a progressive discipline approach with a range of interventions and consequences.
KEEPING OUR SCHOOL CARING AND SAFE
Peer abuse stops within 10 seconds if a bystander intercedes in a constructive manner on behalf of the person being abused.
The Difference Between Reporting and Ratting
Everyone has the right to live, learn, work and play in a safe, caring, welcoming and respectful environment free from fear.
Reporting unsafe, dangerous, mean and nasty behaviours to an adult is the right thing to do, because it could...
- Save your life
- Protect your feelings and your body
- Save someone else’s life
- Keep our school safe.
To Report or Not to Report
- Is the behaviour cruel, mean and nasty?
- Is someone scared?
- Is someone in danger of being hurt or killed?
- If you don’t report, how might you feel, if someone is seriously injured or harms his or herself?
- Is it against the law?
Remember, telling an adult may help your fellow student.
CHILDREN IN NEED OF PROTECTION
In April 2000, the amended Child and Family Services Act came into effect. This legislation has an impact on everyone in our community. For Children's Aid Societies, the definition of a child in need of protection because of suspected child abuse or neglect has been expanded. For the school system, every person who has reason to believe that a child is or may be abused or neglected must report his/her suspicions immediately to the Children's Aid Society. The Limestone District School Board is fully committed to supporting staff in meeting the legal requirements of the act.
The law means that:
- School staff do not have a choice if they suspect that a student is or may be in need of protection. They MUST report their suspicions to the Children's Aid Society.
- When staff report concerns to the Children's Aid, they must also share with the Children's Aid any information about the concern which might otherwise be confidential.
- If is not the school;s responsibility to investigate suspicions, evaluate the situation, or assign blame.