Released on November 12, 2019Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant was joined in Regina by Respect Group Co-founder Sheldon Kennedy, to announce the new Respect in School training for teachers, school staff and volunteers. The training, which will be available in a few weeks, is being offered at no cost to all school divisions, First Nation education authorities and independent schools.
“We are happy to partner with Respect Group to make this valuable training available to all school staff in Saskatchewan,” Wyant said. “We understand the importance of ensuring safe and welcoming learning environments for everyone, and this training will further support the adult leaders in our schools to better understand and act on complex issues.”
The Ministry of Education is partnering with Respect Group to deliver the 90-minute online personal development training course. The training will be available over the next two years and includes content on preventing, identifying, responding to and reporting incidents of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in schools.
“We are so grateful for the leadership that Saskatchewan continues to demonstrate when it comes to the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination,” Kennedy said. “Respect in School will give school leaders the confidence to step up and step in when situations arise and help create safe and respectful learning environments for all students.”
“The safety and well-being of students is always a priority for school boards,” Saskatchewan School Boards Association President Dr. Shawn Davidson said. “School division employees and our communities work hard every day to create safe and caring environments for our students and we as school boards are welcoming of additional supports being made available.”
This training is part of the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to ensuring schools are safe and inclusive environments for all students and staff.
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