Student Safety and Wellness Resources for Teachers

Resources 

This document describes the vision for schools toward which school boards, schools and school communities must continually strive. The Guide identifies attributes of safe, caring and orderly schools, and provides provincial standards for codes of conduct. It also outlines strategies for informing appropriate members of the school community of safety concerns in a timely manner.

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Precursors to Threat: An Early Warning System for School Counsellors

This booklet focuses on behavioural indicators that often precede worrisome behaviour and prompt timely intervention. Based on the threat assessment protocols developed by Kevin Cameron (2004), When Words are not Enough has been created as an early warning system that may increase early intervention to prevent, delay, or de-escalate impending behaviour that is threatening. 

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A Companion to the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Ministerial Order And Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools: A Guide (2004)

This document is a companion to the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Ministerial Order and Safe Caring and Orderly Schools: A Guide.

It has been created to assist boards of education in meeting their obligation to ensure that codes of conduct in their districts meet the provincial standards and comply with the School Act and the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order. It offers information to assist boards to meet their responsibilities under the law and work to make the schools of our province as safe, caring and orderly as possible.

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Call it Safe: A parent guide for dealing with bullying in elementary schools

A guide for parents of elementary school students and Parent Advisory Council (PAC) leaders. It will:

answer some of the questions you may have about bullying, and give you information about what you need to know and do to help your children provide information that you and your PAC can use to work with your school to help ensure that the school is safe.

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Call it Safe: A parent guide for dealing with harassment and intimidation in secondary schools

Describes key concepts, references guiding legislation, and includes some important implications for policies, strategies, and initiatives in the school system related to:

  • Honouring diversity and promoting human rights,
  • Preventing discrimination, harassment, and violence, and
  • Responding to incidents of discrimination, harassment, or violence when they occur

Designed to assist in:

  • Reviewing existing policies and practices to ensure they are consistent with legislation,
  • Enhancing existing policies and practices to ensure that they address diversity, and
  • Developing or implementing new policies and practices to directly address the diverse needs of the
  • People served by the school system

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Contains the School Act which describes roles and responsibilities of educators, students and parents. Of particular interest:

  • STATEMENT OF EDUCATION POLICY ORDER (Mandate for the School System) Authority: School Act s.169 (3) (OIC 1280/89 (Manual of School Law location is D-81)
  • School Act s. 76 (2) (3) (conduct, discipline in schools) (Manual of School Law - location is C-45)
  • School Act s. 85 (2) (c) (school boards) (Manual of School Law - location is D-81)
  • School Act s. (6) (duties of students) (Manual of School Law - location is C-14)
  • School Act s. 7 and 8 (parents and parents' advisory council) (Manual of School Law - location is C-15)
  • PROVINCIAL STANDARDS FOR CODES OF CONDUCT ORDER Authority: School Act, sections 85(1.1) 168 (2) (s.1)

Review the Manual of School Law

This guide is intended to help school staff respond to children's problem sexual behavior in a practical and preventative manner - one that helps the student better understand the behavior and its effects. The primary goals of this guide are to facilitate communication, empathy, and accountability. This manual helps school staff understand how problems develop, and how teachers and other school staff can respond appropriately to them. It also provides school principals with information about issues of liability and accountability.

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The FRIENDS program is a school-based early intervention and prevention program, effective in building resilience and reducing the risk of anxiety disorders in children. The program - sponsored by Child and Youth Mental Health Services in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, school districts and independent schools - is delivered by school professionals and addresses many prescribed learning outcomes in the Health and Career Education K-7 curriculum. FRIENDS is a Ministry of Education recommended learning resource and is listed in the Ministry’s Grade Collection list.

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Making Space is designed to help K-12 teachers in virtually every subject area find ways to promote awareness and understanding of the diversity that exists within our society - differences that are visible (e.g., race, ethnicity, sex, age, physical ability) and differences that are less visible (e.g., culture, ancestry, language, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, mental ability) support for the achievement of social justice for all people and groups - particularly in ensuring that people's backgrounds and circumstances do not prevent them from achieving the full benefits of participation in society, and in addressing injustice faced by those who historically have been and today frequently continue to be marginalized, ignored, or subjected to discrimination or other forms of oppression.

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Organizations

MediaSmarts

MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. Our vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens.

BCCPAC Advocacy Project

A parent-driven movement to help parents and students have a voice in our public education system and solve problems in a positive way.

BC School Trustees Association

BCSTA maintains a searchable database of school district policies


BC Teachers' Federation

BC Teachers' Federation maintains a list of LGBTQ Websites.

SOGI 1 2 3

SOGI 1 2 3 shares proven SOGI-inclusive tools and resources in the areas of policy and procedures, inclusive environments and curriculum resources.

Mental Health Support in B.C.

Mental Health and Substance Use Supports in B.C.


Canadian Centre for Child Protection

Their goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to Canadians.

ERASE Bullying

ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) is a comprehensive prevention and intervention strategy that will make B.C. a leader in addressing bullying and harmful behaviours.