Keeping Our Kids Safe At School

    McGuinty Government Making Schools Safer, More Positive Places To Learn

    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is the first province in Canada to require school staff to report
serious student incidents to the principal and require principals to contact
the parents of victims.
    These requirements are part of the Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act,
passed today in the legislature.
    This new legislation makes schools safer and helps more students reach
their full potential by:

    -   Addressing reporting gaps between principals, teachers and parents
        about serious student incidents - including bullying - that could
        lead to suspension or expulsion.
    -   Ensuring that parents are kept informed and principals are aware of
        serious incidents in the school so they can respond appropriately.
    -   Requiring school staff to respond to inappropriate, disrespectful
        behaviour among students.

    The legislation builds on Ontario's safe schools strategy and is part of
a comprehensive response to the recent Safe Schools Action Team report


    "Our students must feel safe, comfortable and respected at school - so
they can focus on learning and developing. This legislation will help boost
student achievement."
    - Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education

    "We want to give every student a positive learning environment so they
can reach their full potential. I am confident that this legislation will go a
long way to making our schools safer."
    - Liz Sandals, Chair of the Safe Schools Action Team


    The legislation, passed today, comes into effect on February 1, 2010.
    Bullying and harassment can affect a student's health, mental well-being
and school success, according to a 2008 study by the Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health (
    About 25,000 teachers and 7,500 principals have received training to
address and prevent bullying in their schools.


    Read the Safe School Action Team's latest report: Shaping a Culture of
Respect in Our Schools: Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships

    Find out what else Ontario is doing to help make schools safer

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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892

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