Bill 157, Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act
Bill 157: Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act (which becomes law on February 1, 2010), together with Regulation 472/02 and additions to PPM’s 144 and 145, include a number of requirements for school boards and principals. The attached documents comprise a set of resource materials designed to assist with implementing and meeting the requirements of this new legislation package.
Included are an Action Plan for Principals and an Action Plan for Boards. These documents will help principals and boards to understand the steps that must be taken to inform staff about the new expectations inherent in the legislation, and adjustments that will need to be made to both school and board policies and procedures.
The third document is a Policy Template provided by the legal firm Keel Cottrelle LLP, which will be of great value to boards in adjusting their policies within a sound legal framework.
Further to the above, attached are additional resources for the implementation of Bill 157.
- Bill 157 — Policy Template — Final
- Bill 157 — Procedures Template — Final
- Procedures Template — Appendix 9
- A Note that identifies concerns and expectations that the Ontario Human Rights Commission staff have regarding progressive discipline.
Consultation with the Ontario Human Rights Commission was undertaken when changes to reflect the requirements of Bill 157 and the amendments to PPM144 and PPM145 were being made to the Draft Procedures for Progressive Discipline Template. The suggestions communicated by the Ontario Human Rights Commission were not included in their totality, and for this reason we are providing a Note that identifies the concerns and expectations that the Ontario Human Rights Commission staff have identified about the application of progressive discipline in schools.
While the Ontario Human Rights Commission's concerns and expectations include student "exclusions" from their own school, please note that the Draft Procedures for Progressive Discipline Template does not include procedures for implementing exclusions. We do however, recommend that school boards consider developing a policy and corresponding procedure to address student exclusions, and we have made reference to such a policy and procedure in the Draft Procedures for Progressive Discipline Template.