Forms for reporting violence and/or injury are now accessed on line through ourdock.ca -links -EBase.
Safes Schools Incident Reporting Form
Physical Intervention Form
Please review the information below if you are unsure which form to complete.
If you are still uncertain, please contact the Local. (705..934..3836)
If you submit any of these forms, please complete the online Report about filing Violence and/or Injury Forms to inform the Local.
Violence in schools is a reality many educators face. The issue is further complicated as there are various reporting requirements directed by different Acts and laws. Educators are governed by:
- Ministry of Labour (MOL; Occupational Health and Safety Act – OHSA);
- Ministry of Education (MOE; Education Act);
- Workplace Safety Insurance Act (deals with WSIB);
- Bills 157, 168, 132
- Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) 120, 128, 144, 145.
This is not an exhaustive list – although it may make you feel exhausted thinking about figuring out what needs to be done!
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
The EMPLOYER (BOARD) is required to set up measures and procedures for workers to report incidents of workplace violence to the school board or principal.
WORKERS (All Staff, DECE, Occasional Teachers, teacher candidates, co-op students) are REQUIRED to report to the employer or the supervisor (the principal) incidents of workplace violence.
The SUPERVISOR (Principal) is REQUIRED TO ADVISE workers of any workplace danger, actual or potential, and take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the workers. This danger includes danger from a person (or student)
As defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, workplace violence is:
a) The exercise of physical force by a person against the worker, in the workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker;
b) The attempted exercise of physical force against the worker, in the workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker; or
c) A statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for the worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in the workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.
The above applies to violence against a worker perpetrated by anyone regardless of mitigating factors – including children and adults. So yes this applies to that 3 or 4 year old child in kindergarten.
When reporting violence against a worker, verbally report to the principal and also fill out and complete the Employee Accident/Incident/Injury form. Remember, violence can be an attempt, mental injury or physical.
If you missed work due to a violent incident, print and complete the required forms in the WSIB Employee Injury Reporting Kit so that any future WSIB claim is not delayed.
Board Employees who BECOME AWARE that a student has engaged in a serious student incident that could lead to suspension or expulsion are required to report the incident to the principal.
Reporting a serious student incident should occur as soon as possible and a Safe Schools Incident Report should be filed with the principal by the end of the day on which the incident occurred (or the member became aware).
Principals investigating reports of serious student incidents MUST COMMUNICATE THE RESULTS of their investigation to the teacher who made the report.
|Student behaviours that can lead to suspension include:
· uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
· possessing alcohol or illegal drugs
· being under the influence of alcohol
· swearing at a teacher or at any person in a position of authority
· committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the student’s school or to property on school premises
· bullying, including cyber-bullying
· any other activities identified in school board policy (you can ask the principal what these are).
|Student behaviours that can lead to expulsion include:
· possessing a weapon, including a firearm
· using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person
· committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner
· committing sexual assault
· trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs
· committing robbery
· giving alcohol to a minor
· bullying (under certain circumstances)
· any activity for which a student can be suspended that is motivated by bias, prejudice or hate
· any other activities identified in school board policy.
Regardless of the form, remember, your administration must mark it as a VIOLENT INCIDENT if it falls into one of these categories (PPM 120):
- possessing a weapon, including a firearm
- using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person
- physical assault causing bodily harm requiring medical treatment
- sexual assault
- hate and/or bias-motivated occurrences