Outcome

14. All schools have a positive and inclusive school climate where all students, staff, parents, families and other members of the school community feel safe, welcome, valued and respected (AOF6).

Planning

The school forms a Safe and Accepting Schools Team made up of at least one student, one parent, one teacher, one non-teaching staff member, one community partner, and the principal. The chair of the Team must be a staff member (required by PPM 144).

Anonymous school climate surveys of students, staff, and parents are conducted at least once every two years (required by Education Act). These surveys must include questions on bullying and harassment related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, as well as questions on sexual harassment.

The school community discusses and identifies positive character values and behaviour attributes which it wants reflected in the school culture and climate.

Effective Practice

The results of the school climate survey are used as the basis for determining the plan to improve the school climate in all areas of school activity.

Survey results are shared with the Safe and Accepting Schools Team to help inform planning and recommendations.

The school Code of Conduct addresses all forms of discrimination and is understood and supported by all members of the school community.

Creation of “safe spaces” in each school where students who are feeling troubled, intimidated or are vulnerable can find support and comfort.

Procedures exist for reporting of incidents of discrimination, bullying and harassment without fear of intimidation or reprisals.

The school has a variety of activities which encourage healthy relationships (e.g., Gay/Straight Alliances or anti-racism clubs).

Students who experience personal or emotional stress or challenges in their school or home lives have ready access to a caring adult in the school for support.

Students are encouraged and supported in their efforts to promote equity and inclusiveness and in the school.

Images and symbols in teaching and learning activities, and in the physical environment of the school, reflect diversity and a welcoming atmosphere.

Integration

All members of the community take responsibility for supporting the plan to maintain a positive school climate, and for providing feedback as needed.

The school climate survey is conducted at least once every two years to assess the state of the school climate, and to inform future changes.

Complaints about incidents of discrimination, bullying and harassment are dealt with fairly and in a timely manner.

Exemplary acts of kindness, compassion and caring among peers are recognized and celebrated within the school community.

Students are actively engaged in efforts to promote equity, inclusiveness, anti-discrimination and various forms of social justice in classrooms and schools.

Outcome

15. All board departments have a positive and inclusive climate where all staff, students and visitors feel safe, welcome and respected (AOF6).

Planning

Each department reviews its operations and services to determine the need for improvement in its workplace climate.

Effective Practice

A positive workplace climate plan that reflects the EIE principles is in place through consultation with all staff in the department.

A procedure exists for reporting of incidents of discrimination, bullying or harassment by staff without fear or intimidation.

The workplace climate plan is monitored, and feedback on its progress by all staff members is encouraged.

Integration

The workplace climate plan is reviewed systematically and modified as needed.

Successful practices in positive workplace climate are shared among departments.