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Expert Reference Panel on School Safety and Student Well-Being

By working together using a collaborative, public health approach, we can improve the safety, security, and well-being and create positive learning environments for school communities that are disproportionately affected and in all schools.

The TDSB Expert Reference Panel on School Safety and Student Well-Being will be tasked with focusing on school safety and its connections to student well-being, equity and human rights. The panel will be co-chaired by the Director of Education, Toronto Public Health, and SafeTO.

The panel will:

  • Examine data and research to broadly understand the scope of school safety and its impacts on student well-being;

  • Examine who is affected and the multiple impacts;

  • Identify risk and protective factors; and

  • Use current evidence and research, to propose policies and program solutions/strategies, to the Director and/or the Board, with the sole focus of making schools safer by reducing violence, improving mental health, and promoting well-being that is grounded in adherence to Indigenous Rights, Human Rights, and equity.

Current members of the Expert Reference Panel include:

  • TDSB Elders Council, TDSB Trustees, TDSB Staff

  • City of Toronto (Social Development, Finance & Administration, Community Safety & Well-Being Unit, Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit)

  • Toronto Police - Community Safety Command - Field Services

  • Toronto Public Health

  • Parent Involvement Advisory Committee 

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

  • Canadian Safe School Network

  • Zero Gun Violence Unit

  • Naseeha

  • Toronto Community Housing

  • Generation Chosen

  • The 519

  • St. Michael’s Hospital

  • Justice for Children and Youth