In the wake of the devastating news out of Hamilton I thought I would remind you all of the reporting requirements surrounding violent incidents.
Our schools are becoming more violent. It is very important that data is collected in school’s when violent incidents occur, this will help the Board better react in the future and put more measures in place. If you witness a violent incident you must fill out a Workplace Violence Report. This can be found on KPR on the Web under Quick Forms.
A workplace violent incident includes, the use of physical force, attempted physical force, or the threat of physical force (statement or behaviour) against a worker.
When these reports are completed hey are automatically sent to the principal of the school, the office of Health and Safety at the Board, your Union representative, and a copy will be sent to you.
All workers have a legal obligation to report violence in the workplace under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
It is equally important to complete the Serious Student Incident Report, which can also be found on KPR on the Web under Quick Forms.
Serious Student Incidents include:
- uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm
- possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- swearing at a teacher or at any other person
- committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property
- bullying, including cyber-bullying
- possessing a weapon or a firearm
- using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm
- committing physical assault or sexual assault
- trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs
- committing robbery
- giving alcohol to a minor
- behaving in a way likely to have a negative impact on the school climate
You have a legal obligation to report serious student incidents under the Education Act.
If you ever have any questions or concerns about a violent incident or a student incident do not hesitate to contact me.