Second Session, Thirty-Eighth Legislature
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THE SAFE SCHOOLS CHARTER (VARIOUS ACTS AMENDED)
(Assented to )
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
1(1) The Public Schools Act is amended by this section.
1(2) The following is added after clause 41(1)(b):
(b.1) ensure that each pupil enrolled in a school within the jurisdiction of the school board is provided with a safe and caring school environment that fosters and maintains respectful and responsible behaviours;
1(3) The following is added after section 47:
47.1(1) The principal of each school must, in consultation with the school's advisory committee prescribed under clause 4(1)(p.1) of The Education Administration Act,
(a) establish a code of conduct for pupils and staff and an emergency response plan for the school; and
(b) review that code of conduct and emergency response plan at least annually.
47.1(2) A school's code of conduct must include
(a) a statement that pupils and staff must behave in a respectful manner and comply with the code of conduct;
(b) a statement that the following are unacceptable:
(i) bullying, or abusing physically, sexually, or psychologically – orally, in writing or otherwise — any person,
(ii) discriminating on the basis of any characteristic set out in subsection 9(2) of The Human Rights Code,
(iii) using, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs at school;
(c) a statement that the following will not be tolerated on school sites:
(i) gang involvement,
(ii) possessing a weapon, as "weapon" is defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code (Canada);
(d) a statement that pupils and staff must adhere to school policies respecting appropriate use of electronic mail and the Internet, including the prohibition of accessing, uploading, downloading or distributing material that the school has determined to be objectionable;
(e) the disciplinary consequences, in as much detail as is reasonably possible, of violating the code of conduct, and the process for appealing disciplinary decisions;
and meet any other requirements prescribed by regulation under The Education Administration Act.
47.1(3) A school's emergency response plan must include
(a) the role of the principal, staff, and counselling and crisis intervention personnel in the event of an emergency; and
(b) procedures for
(i) controlling visitor access to the school site,
(ii) communicating inside and outside the school building in an emergency,
(iii) contacting pupils' parents or guardians in an emergency,
(iv) responding to the threat posed by a person having a weapon on the school site,
(v) dealing with bomb threats, fires, chemical spills and weather-related emergencies, and
(vi) evacuating school buildings and carrying out practice drills;
2 Clause 58.7(a) is replaced with the following:
(a) cooperate fully with the child's teachers and other employees of the school division or school district to ensure the child complies with
(i) school and school division or school district student discipline and behaviour management policies, and
3 Clause 58.10(b) is replaced with the following:
(b) complying with
(i) the student discipline and behaviour management policies of the school and school division or school district, and
(ii) the school's code of conduct; and
4 The Education Administration Act is amended by adding the following after clause 4(1)(p):
(p.1) respecting the establishment of a committee at each school to advise the principal in developing policies and practices respecting a code of conduct and emergency response plan for the school, and respecting the composition of those committees;
(p.2) respecting the conduct of pupils and staff in schools, including requirements to be contained in a school's code of conduct and emergency response plan in addition to those mentioned in section 47.1 of The Public Schools Act;
(p.3) respecting any other matter related to furthering positive and safe school environments;
5 This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.