August 30, 2018
RE: Fair Notice
The safety of our children is a top priority for us all. We, as a school system, have been involved in significant safety training with our community partners - the police, Mental Health and Child and Family Services Authority. Together we have developed a plan for responding to all situations in which students may be posing a threat to themselves or others.
This letter is to inform you that we, as a school system, adopted policy in December 2009 that mandates schools to have a “zero tolerance” stance for not investigating all threats and threatening behaviours (Admin Procedure 350). This policy requires principals to complete a “threat assessment” in all cases of students displaying any type of high-risk behaviour. The purpose of the investigation/assessment is to determine how best to support high-risk students so that their behaviour does not become hurtful or destructive. Please be assured that if your principal is aware of threatening behaviour, he/she will be taking measures to deal with the situation in a positive and proactive manner. If your principal invites you to a meeting to discuss safety concerns about your own child, please be assured that protocol is being followed and that the goal is safety, not punishment.
This letter is intended to serve our community with fair notice that we, as a school community, will not accept “no response” to a threat making behaviour. Our goal is to respond to all threats in a professional manner that provides for a healthy and caring learning environment.
We are pleased to provide, in conjunction with our community partners, a safe environment for all students.
Brad Volkman Superintendent of Schools