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Education minister issues statement about school safety

Monday, December 17, 2012   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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Statement by Minister Broten on School Safety

(December 17, 2012) Today, Laurel Broten, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on school safety in Ontario:

"We know that Ontario schools are some of the safest in the world.

But the recent horrific event in a Connecticut elementary school reminds all of us how important it is to do everything we can to keep our schools safe.

No matter where events such as this may happen, it can shake our sense of security.

Ontario families deserve and want to know about the measures in place to protect their children while at school.

All students and staff have the right to be safe and feel safe at school.

And we all must do our part.

The vast majority of elementary schools have controlled access to school premises, including sign-in/sign-out and visitor badge policies for all visitors.

I encourage parents to talk to their school principal, classroom teacher or school board to get more information on specific safety procedures in place at your child's school.

Our government has provided several safe school supports and resources, including the following:

Safe Welcome Program - Our government provided funding through our Safe Welcome program to Ontario elementary schools who applied, to provide security devices to protect students from intruders. 

Indeed, those Ontario elementary schools are kept locked during the school day to prevent entry from anyone who does not have authorization from walking through their doors.

Lockdown procedures - While the Safe Welcome Program is unique to elementary schools, since 2011, every elementary and secondary school in Ontario is required to work with police to develop and maintain lockdown procedures and conduct two lockdown drills each school year.

I have requested that the Deputy Minister ask every board to review their safety and emergency procedures, including lockdown drills.

Professional development and training - Support has been provided for school and school board staff and local police services to implement the procedures at both the elementary and secondary levels.

At this time, students may need support from parents and educators to cope with their feelings about what happened.

Kids Help Phone is a good resource for those who need support for grief or loss. In addition, boards and schools are providing information to parents about how to talk to their child.

I want to thank our teachers, support staff, and board administrators for their commitment to keep our children safe."

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teancrumpets 12/17/2012 7:38:23 PM Report

teachers should be allowed their cell phones in class in the event there is an emergency. Our school board needs to change this policy.
Sam C 12/17/2012 8:53:11 PM Report

I think most teachers DO have their cell phones with them. They just don't have them out and use them during class.
J&S2006 12/17/2012 9:10:27 PM Report

i think it would be great to have a police officer in the school or even a security guard..at the door
madworld39 12/17/2012 9:20:56 PM Report

schools have the buzzer which is great but when someone wants to be buzzed in all they do is look to see who it is from about 25 feet away through a door that has mesh on it which impedes the view and they buzz u in. so anyone can get buzzed in at any time. there should be a security guard at the entrance of every school to ensure our kids are safe. sure it's going to cost more to fund this but our kids need the protection and there is no excuse for compromising their safety.
bruizzed 12/17/2012 9:35:18 PM Report

Unfortunately as always government, police agencies, security agencies and
anyone responsible for the saftey and protection of those concerned say the "RIGHT" things at the "WRONG TIME".

I still think anyone can walk through the front door of any school, college or university especially in Sault Ste. Marie and cause chaos

We need to kick it up a notch if were that worried about our children
All security and testing should be reviewed especially testing after the fact. or

Your going to be saying the same things over and over and again.



krystalhall1985 12/17/2012 9:54:58 PM Report

School security should be stepped up just a few notches. They need security guards to ensure that not just some random person is being let in. Yes they may have to be buzzed in, but who it to say that the person isn't lying about who they are?
What happened at that school is horrifying. The board of education needs to rethink the security for sure.
hotlips 12/18/2012 12:28:35 AM Report

The school Board should provide up to date, state of the art security measures in each and every elementary and high school. DISPITE THE COST!!

Cameras, steel doors, cellular phones, hidden panic buttons in each classroom and bathrooms, linked to the main office and the police/fire department.
There are so many more security items that can be added, just call an alarm company to review and recommend the equipment necessary.

Sign in sheets do nothing! People ignore them! The main office in many schools is far away from the entrance doors. Office windows are not big enough to see who is at the door.

I also believe that every school MUST HAVE A POLICE OFFICER OR BETTER YET AN ARMED SOLDIER IN FULL UNIFORM EACH AND EVERY DAY, WATCHING, JUST WATCHING AND READY FOR ANYTHING, JUST IN CASE.....GOD FORBID JUST IN CASE!!!

IF WE CAN SEND SOLDIERS TO WAR, WE CAN PLACE A SOLDIER IN OUR SCHOOLS.

CANADA CAN NOT TURN THEIR BACKS ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A MASSACRE DISPITE OF THE GUN RULES HERE.

WE MUST PROTECT OUR BABIES AND PRECIOUS CHILDREN!!

WE MUST PRACTICE PREVENTION BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. NOT AFTER SAY "WHAT COULD WE HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY".

WE ARE SEEING REALITY ALL AROUND US!! SOONER OR LATER, SOMEONE WILL THINK ABOUT DOING SOMETHING CRAZY, ESPECIALLY AFTER WATCHING IT ON TV!!

SPEAK UP PEOPLE, PLEASE SPEAK UP, WE ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!! SPEAK UP BEFORE SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS HERE!!

IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS PARENTS, AS A COMMUNITY AND AS A COUNTRY, TO KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE AT ALL TIMES, EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY, REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE GOING TO SCHOOL OR NOT.

WE SHOULD NOT ONLY EXPECT IT, BUT ALSO DEMAND IT!!

THERE IS A SAYING, "WE MUST HAVE EYES IN THE BACK OF OUR HEADS" HOW TRUE THIS IS, HOW TRUE!!

GOD HELP THE INNOCENT AND GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR LITTLE CHILDREN.

DO NOT TURN A BLIND EYE OR DENY THIS TERRIBLE EVENT IN NEWTOWN. MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THIS TERRIBLE MASSACRE BECAUSE IT IS TOO PAINFUL. THE TRUTH IS ALWAYS HARD TO BARE. JUST REMEMBER WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID, "IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE".....ANYWHERE PEOPLE, EVEN HERE IN CANADA, EVEN HERE IN CANADA..
mrmoon 12/18/2012 8:33:08 AM Report

what we need are lock down systems that can be activated by any teacher in the school. As soon as there is a sign of any problems, teachers can press a button that they have on them. This button will activate a system which will automatically shut all classroom doors and lock them. This will deny anyone access to the rooms until the system is reset by the proper authorities. The doors themselves can be solid enough as to not be shot open or bashed open and if they have glass the glass could be bullet proof. As a tax payer I'd be willing to use my tax money to cover this cost of installation for my children's safety
Dead End Kid 12/18/2012 4:15:52 PM Report

What if you hire a security guard and he goes crazy. You're not going to stop someone from doing something if they have their mind set on doing it. Crazy has always been around and it always will.
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