Education and Early Childhood Development


Safe and Caring Schools/Schools Act, 1997

The Provincial Government is considering changes to the way the education system reports, and responds to, incidents of bullying and aggressive behaviours among students, and is seeking input and feedback from individuals and groups.
To achieve this goal, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is embarking on a consultation process to gather widespread input on a definition of bullying as it pertains to the education system; a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Protocol, and a consistent Code of Conduct to be used in all schools. There will also be an opportunity to suggest ways to address cyber-bullying; the role of students, schools, parents and the community at large in preventing/responding to bullying behaviours, and potential changes to policies, protocols and legislation.
One aspect of the consultations will involve focus group sessions held with school district staff, principals and teachers, school council representatives (including parent representatives), intermediate and senior high school students, the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association (NLTA), the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils (NLFSC), law enforcement agencies, and others. These sessions are by invitation only.

The second aspect of the consultations is designed to encourage any and all input and feedback, from any member of the public, through this webpage, or via e-mail or regular mail. The presentation/discussion guide is provided below, to help guide the participant.

For specific information, see the links below:

Contact Information:

Bernie Ottenheimer

Program Development Specialist
Safe and Caring Schools
Telephone: (709) 729-6779

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