School pol­icy un­der re­view

The Compass - - SPORTS -

A con­tract has been awarded to Goss Gil­roy Inc. to con­duct an in­de­pen­dent re­view and eval­u­a­tion of the prov­ince’s Safe and Car­ing Schools pol­icy. The com­pleted re­view, ex­pected in the spring of 2012, will help in­form an ac­tion plan cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped to strengthen and sup­port schools in their ef­forts to erad­i­cate all forms of bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment.

“It has been five years since the launch of the Safe and Car­ing Schools pol­icy, and it is ap­pro­pri­ate that we stand back now and eval­u­ate what has been achieved to date,” said Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Clyde Jack­man.

“This re­view will help de­ter­mine the ef­fec­tive­ness of the provin­cial pol­icy — what is work­ing, what needs to change, and how we can im­prove on the foun­da­tion we have built.”

The Safe and Car­ing Schools pol­icy was in­tro­duced in 2006 in re­sponse to a grow­ing con­cern about stu­dents’ safety and well be­ing in schools. Over the years, the ini­tia­tive has been proac­tive in de­vel­op­ing pro­grams aimed at early in­ter­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion on vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion.

“Vi­o­lence and ha­rass­ment, in any form, is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able,” Jack­man stated.

The min­is­ter said, “all chil­dren de­serve to learn and grow in peace­ful, re­spect­ful schools and com­mu­ni­ties. We all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity — par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors and oth­ers — to en­sure our young peo­ple un­der­stand that all in­di­vid­u­als should be re­spected and val­ued for who they are.”

Safe and Car­ing Schools pro­gram­ming is part of the provin­cial govern­ment’s six-year, $9.2 mil­lion com­mit­ment to com­bat­ing vi­o­lence in New­found­land and Labrador through the Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion Ini­tia­tive.

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