Updates and News Releases:
- Student safety and wellness is a priority for the Ministry in its efforts to improve student outcomes. The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, with support from the Ministry, is pleased to release new SOGI 1 2 3 resources for parents. There is an informative Parent SOGI-Inclusive Education PowerPoint, and two new videos – one for Elementary parents and one for Secondary parents. Other Student Wellness and Safety resources can be found here.
- Tobacco and Vaping Act – Effective September 1, 2016
- School Codes of Conduct are available on all school websites! For direct links please visit the school website or visit the SD10 Safe Schools Page: http://sd10.bc.ca/learning-programs-and-services/safe-schools/ for a list of the direct links.
Expect Respect and Safe Environment:
The Ministry of Education launched the ERASE Bullying strategy in 2012-13. It is a comprehensive strategy that includes a confidential reporting tool for students and/or parents as well as numerous resources for students, parents and teachers. Visit the parents section of the ERASE Bullying website for helpful tools and information on how to address this important subject: Erase Bullying – Info for Parents.
SD10, Arrow Lakes is committed to creating and maintaining school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. School cannot ignore any threat of violence. This represents ‘fair notice’ to our communities that SD10 will address all threats to self and/or others.
Every BC school district has designated a Safe School Coordinator as part of the ERASE strategy. In SD10 please contact Lorna Newman, Director of Learning.
School Protection Program
The Schools Protection Program (SPP) originated and is administered and delivered by the Risk Management Branch (RMB) of the Ministry of Finance, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.
SPP provides coverage to all boards of education and francophone education authorities against liability and loss; it also assists members in their identification and management of risks that may lead to loss or damage to property, or harm to individuals.
What activities are covered?
All school district authorized activities are covered. Authorizations for different activities may be given by teachers, school administrators or board administrators, depending on board policy. Individuals who are responsible for providing authorization should be familiar with, and follow board policy. For activities which are not part of the regular educational program, teachers should ensure they have the authorization of the principal or district administration.
School personnel are responsible for carefully considering safety issues before planning any activity. Even if a teacher has been taking students on the same trip for many years without incident, it does not mean the trip is well planned and appropriately managed to ensure it is as safe as possible. For example, a teacher planning a canoeing trip may have 20 years of canoeing experience but may never have received formal training in water safety and may have no real ability to assess equipment requirements or emergency communications systems. We suggest that teachers who sponsor such activities ensure their knowledge is current and seek the assistance of experts if in doubt.
For more information on the School Protection Program including the Administrators Handbook please visit their website at www.bcspp.org.
The Representative for Children and Youth (RCYBC)
RCYBC supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child-serving system. The Representative is a non-partisan, independent officer of Legislature, reporting directly to the Legislative Assembly and not a government ministry. For more information on RCYBC and available resources and services please visit their website http://www.rcybc.ca/legal-resources.
For a direct link to helpful information concerning your child’s health and wellness visit YOUR HEALTH on Interior Health’s website.
School Health Services provided by Public Health Prevention staff:
Kindergarten Parent Letter / Health Hints for Kindergarten
Distributed Learning and Home School Parent Letter
For information on support programs including information on anti-bullying programs and youth emotional services offered through Healthy Schools BC click here.