Culture of Safety, Acceptance, and Respect
Developing a culture of safety, acceptance and respect is paramount to CHEK ABC. We strive to build a culture that protects students and staff from discrimination, abuse, neglect (children), bullying, harm, or threat of harm regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. This is done through:
Anti-bullying and safety policies for students and staff. These policies are communicated verbally and are available through the Student/Parent and Staff CHEK ABC handbooks. All handbooks can be accessed through the CHEK ABC website at anytime.
Established mechanisms for reporting concerns. CHEK ABC has a formal process for dealing with complaints or concerns – for both staff and students.
Educating all staff on what is and how to recognize abuse, bullying, discrimination, neglect and harm. Training is part of our start-of-year staff training and is followed up at various staff meetings throughout the year.
Online safety policy for students taking online courses. Online communications between staff and students are archived.
Promoting a culture of safety and respect through an ‘all staff on supervision’ approach.
Ensuring adequate student supervision at all CHEK ABC sponsored activities, Learning Centres and field trips. This is kept to a minimum of a 1 (adult) to 7 (students) ratio. All parent volunteers are debriefed on their role and how to report bully concerns prior to the activity.
Staff participation in Professional Development workshops and courses in the areas of abuse, neglect, discrimination, anti-bullying and awareness of cultural and other student needs.
Mandatory participation in the ERASE Bullying program.
Engaging parents in giving input into the educational program and sharing their culture and expectations.
Promote open communication between administrators, teachers, staff, students, and families.
Communicate norms, expectations, and values that support a healthy and positive school community.
Engaging students in their education process and acknowledging their successes.
Acknowledge all students by their preferred name.
Connecting students who are experiencing academic or social concerns with appropriate supports.