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It is the policy direction of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services that school boards and police services establish a protocol for the investigation of school related occurrences*.
This document has been prepared for the following reasons:
- to assist in the greater safety and protection of students, staff, principals, parents and community members in schools;
- to encourage constructive, ongoing, adaptive, and responsive partnerships between police and the school community in areas such as violence prevention;
- to reinforce the importance of a coordinated and multifaceted approach on the part of schools and police in their interactions with parents and the community, in an effort to promote the well-being of students;
- to facilitate appropriate sharing and disclosure of information in accordance with privacy laws, including Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (MFIPPA) and Freedom of Information Privacy Protection Act (FIPPA);
- to promote joint consultation and partnerships between school boards and police services to maintain and sustain a positive, safe school climate;
- to ensure that the obligations and requirements of both the education and police systems are met;
- to ensure an equitable and consistent approach across a school board’s jurisdiction in the way police and schools respond to a school-related occurrence*; and
- to promote and facilitate case by case conversations between police and school principals which assist in using the most appropriate response in:
- the use of Restorative Justice Conferences* (Youth Criminal Justice Act-YCJA)
- the use of Restorative Practice* and Progressive Discipline (schools)
- the reintegration of young persons*.
For more information about this protocol, please contact Student Success Services.