The safety and well-being of all students is of the utmost importance to the TDSB. All students and staff have a right to feel safe at school and work. The TDSB is committed to working together with students, staff and families to ensure all students have what they need to be successful in school and to keep our schools safe, with the presence of additional caring adults (child and youth counsellors, school-based safety monitors), and by strengthening connections, maintaining positive relationships, solving problems and promoting respect.
The TDSB has a strong foundation for school safety that we have progressively built on for years. We have among the most evidence-based policies and procedures in Canada to support student safety and well-being. We have made ongoing and significant investments to resources, staffing and programs and opportunities to connect with and engage students.
On December 5, 2022, A Collaborative Approach to School and Community Safety: Report 1, was presented to the TDSB Planning and Priorities Committee. This report provides an overview of current research trends and data related to Caring and Safe Schools in the TDSB and beyond. It also presents Phase One of an action plan to urgently address issues of school and community violence.
TDSB staff along with other education workers are an essential part of preventing and responding to the issues and risks experienced by students. These staff care deeply, and in many cases understand the lived experiences of their students, believe in their abilities, and see their humanity — even when those students make mistakes. However, student actions that pose a clear risk to the safety of peers and school communities are not tolerated. Students can be and are suspended or expelled from school for violations under the Education Act when serious safety issues are identified.
Schools are part of the larger community within which they exist, and safer communities contribute to safe schools. Creating safer schools goes beyond the work of a single school or school board. It is the collective responsibility of all levels of government, communities and all school boards.
We know we have more work to do to meaningfully engage with students, staff, families and communities to achieve safer, more caring, inclusive and supportive learning environments. The TDSB will continue to advance on this important work for our students, staff and schools across the Board.