Students, parents, educators and communities across the province are invited to provide their input on school safety and the Safe Schools Act through public consultations starting this month,
Education Minister Gerard Kennedy said today.
The McGuinty government’s Safe Schools Action Team will visit communities across Ontario to examine school safety and the impact of the Safe Schools Act as part of a complete review of the act. A discussion paper will be used as part of the consultations and be released on the ministry website prior to the first consultation date.
The consultations will take place in:
Ottawa, November 21 Toronto (East), December 1
London, November 23 Sudbury, December 5
Toronto (West), November 29 Thunder Bay, December 7
The Safe Schools Act was introduced in 2000 by the previous government. At that time, it was determined that a review of the act would take place after five years of implementation. The McGuinty government committed to the review of the safe schools act as part of an overall safe schools action plan. This includes the recently announced elementary school safe welcome program and security access devices, bullying prevention programs for every school in
the province, an anti-bullying hotline and a review of Justice Robins report.
More information on the consultations, registration and the discussion paper will be available on the government’s website at www.edu.gov.on.ca prior to the first consultation date.
Liz Sandals, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter, is leading the action team of safety experts who are implementing the Safe School Action plan.