Prov­ince reaf­firms sup­port for safe, caring schools

The Compass - - OPINION -

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to its Safe and Caring Schools ini­tia­tive and to pro­mot­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments which are free of vi­o­lence, bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment of any kind.

“Bul­ly­ing in our schools is ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able,” Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Clyde Jack­man stated re­centy in a news re­lease.

“Ad­dress­ing this is­sue in our schools is a pri­or­ity for this gov­ern­ment, and I en­cour­age all mem­bers of our school com­mu­ni­ties — and all mem­bers of our so­ci­ety in gen­eral — to work to­gether to en­sure all of our chil­dren can en­joy a pos­i­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a bully-free en­vi­ron­ment.”

The Pro­vin­cial Safe and Caring Schools Pol­icy was launched in 2006.

Ev­ery school in the prov­ince has its own school de­vel­op­ment plan which speaks to how they can make safe and caring is­sues a part of their unique school cul­ture.

An in­de­pen­dent re­view of the Pro­vin­cial Safe and Caring Schools Pol­icy was an­nounced in Novem­ber 2011. Upon com­ple­tion this spring, it will be used to de­ter­mine fu­ture plans for safe and caring schools ini­tia­tives and pro­grams in the prov­ince’s schools.

For more, vi s i t www.ed.gov.nl.ca.

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