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Next Steps In Accepting Schools Action Plan

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Next Steps In Accepting Schools Action Plan

McGuinty Government Working With Experts To Make Schools Safer

Ministry of Education

Ontario is taking the next step in its Accepting Schools Action Plan to make schools safer, more inclusive and accepting places for all students to learn.

The new Accepting Schools Expert Panel will bring together experts to identify and advise on the development of resources and practices that promote a positive school climate, equity and inclusive education, as well as bullying prevention and early intervention.

Other elements of the comprehensive action plan include:

  • The Accepting Schools Act (Bill 13), which passed on June 5, 2012.
  • Bringing mental health support workers into schools - as part of Ontario's 10-year mental health and addictions strategy - including telepsychiatry.
  • Having Ontario's Curriculum Council report back on integrating equity and inclusive education principles and bullying prevention strategies across the curriculum.
  • Creating a public awareness campaign to promote the role that all Ontarians have in preventing bullying.
  • Renewed support for Kids Help Phone.

Creating safer, more accepting schools where every student can learn and grow is part of the McGuinty government's plan to support student success while securing a brighter future for all Ontarians.

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“We all have a role to play to make every student in Ontario feel safe, included and accepted at school. I want to thank the members of our expert panel for their dedication and commitment to help the ministry undertake this important work. Their advice will help bring about the change needed to make all of our schools accepting and safe schools.”

Lauren Broten

Minister of Education

“We know that children can change the world. I am looking forward to working with this group of talented experts and hearing from individuals and groups who want to ensure our schools are safe, inclusive and accepting so that all children are freed up to learn.”

Mary Gordon

Co-Chair, Expert Panel and Founder and President of Roots of Empathy

“We want all children to succeed - and a key part of that is nurturing their well-being. Our panel will have discussions with parents, students, and education and community stakeholders.”

Bruce Ferguson

Co-Chair, Expert Panel and Director of the Community Health Systems Resource Group at the Hospital for Sick Children

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