Team Safe Schools
Responsibilities: This is a new team proposed by Tuval to address the safe schools strategy of the Ontario Ministry of Education. Each school must have in place a safe and accepting schools team responsible for fostering a safe, inclusive, and accepting school climate that should include at least one student and must include at least one parent, one teacher, one non-teaching staff member, and the principal. The chair of the team must be a staff member. In the TDSB this team also includes the school’s positive space representative and school equity representative. Each TDSB school has a Caring and Safe Schools Committee that works together to ensure a positive and peaceful school. The Committee also creates a Safe Schools Plan that includes prevention strategies and peaceful problem solving. Schools work with community partners to attract students into positive activities. We support police outreach through Crime Stoppers and other police-community involvement. We encourage students to help each other through programs like peer mediation, counselling, theatre performances and classroom discussions.