Teachers Welcome Changes to the Safe Schools Act



    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - Ontario Teachers' Federation President Hilda
Watkins today congratulated the Minister of Education on proposed changes to
the Safe Schools provisions to the Education Act.
    "Yesterday's tragedy at Virginia Tech has everyone thinking about
students and their safety at school," Watkins said. "Teachers in Ontario are
happy that the proposed legislation includes bullying, cyber bullying and
bullying of teachers as an infraction that could lead to suspension and/or
expulsion. This behaviour is unfortunately spreading especially in
cyberspace."
    Watkins continued, "Teachers also recognize that not only should bullying
be considered as possibly leading to suspension, but that we also need to do
more in the area of prevention. OTF is developing additional supports for
teachers to work with students on stopping this behaviour before it progresses
to the stage of suspension. Safe@School, supported with funds from the
Ministry of Education, will be available to teachers shortly."
    "We all - teachers, parents, students and government - want schools to be
safe and secure places for learning. These legislative changes announced today
will make our schools even safer for our students," Watkins concluded.

    The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching
profession in Ontario and for its 155,000 teachers. OTF members are full-time,
part-time and occasional teachers in all the publicly funded schools in the
province - elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and francophone.




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