Ontario Getting Tough on Bullying
Premier McGuinty Urging All Ontarians To Help Make Our Schools Safer
Ontario is taking steps to help create safer and more accepting schools for all students.
Premier Dalton McGuinty visited Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School in Aurora today to highlight the government's action plan on bullying. He spoke with students and stressed that everyone has a role in preventing and ending bullying.
The government's action plan includes the new Accepting Schools Act, 2011. It would bring in new policies for bullying prevention and intervention including tougher consequences for bullies. It would also require schools to support student groups who aim to promote greater understanding among students and a more respectful school environment.
The comprehensive action plan against bullying also calls for:
- Bringing mental health support workers into schools and continued support for Kids Help Phone.
- Creating an Accepting Schools Expert Panel to provide advice on new resources that focus on prevention and early intervention.
- Directing Ontario's Curriculum Council to report back next year on strengthening equity and inclusive education principles and bullying prevention strategies across the curriculum.
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.
- The new Accepting Schools Act 2011 would require school boards to create policies around progressive discipline, and equity and inclusive education.
- Each year, the Premier's Safe Schools Awards recognize up to 10 schools that have demonstrated leadership in promoting a safe and inclusive school environment.
- Ontario was the first province in Canada to legally require school staff to report serious student incidents to principals.
“Bullying has no place in our schools. The steps we're taking will send a strong signal to Ontarians of all ages, faiths, backgrounds and cultures -- our publicly funded schools will be warm, welcoming, and accepting of all our children.”