Police Involvement in Schools - Group Discussions

Police Involvement in Schools - Group Discussions
The OCDSB is holding a policy and practice review of the Police Involvement in Schools Policy. This includes a review of the School Resource Officer role in schools as well as a review of all activities that involve police in school that are identified as legally discretionary. Input will be sought on recommendations for the way forward.

Through this consultation, you are invited to join us for group discussions to gather perspectives on how and when administrators are involving the police in schools, including how they utilise the School Resource Officer; and the outcomes, impacts, including any unintended impacts.
Consultation Dates:

 

Students - Group Discussions

Session 1: 

Ridgemont and Gloucester

Thursday March 25

3:30 to 5:30pm

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Session 2:

2SLGBTQ+

Monday, March 29

3:30 to 5:00pm

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Session 3:

General

Wednesday, April 7

4:00 to 6:00pm

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Session 4:

African Descent/Black

Thursday, April 8

4:30 to 6:30pm

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Session 5:

Indigenous - NEW

Thursday, May 6

3:30 to 5:00pm

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Parents and Community - Group Discussions

Session 1: 

Somali-speaking (interpretation provided)

Tuesday March 23

7:00 to 8:30pm

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Session 2:

Arabic-speaking (interpretation provided)

Thursday March 25

7:00 to 8:30pm

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Session 3:

General

Thursday March 25

7:00 to 9:00pm

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Session 4:

Gloucester and Ridgemont Parents

Wednesday March 31

7:00 to 9:00pm

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Session 5:

African Descent/Black

Thursday April 8

7:00 to 9:00pm

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Session 6:

General

Friday April 9

4:00 to 6:00pm

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Session 7:  Indigenous - NEW Monday, May 10 4:00 to 5:30pm Register Here
Session 8: 2SLGBTQ+  Tuesday April 6 5:30 to 7:00pm  Register Here
Session 9:
Disability
Tuesday April 6
7:30 to 9:00pm
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Students: Group discussions will be held via Google Meet. You will need to join using a Google Nickname. Here are instructions for joining. Watch your email - the Google Nickname that you need to join the session will be sent to you by email prior to the discussion.

Parents and community members: Group discussions will be held using Zoom. You will receive a link by email once you register. The link is unique to you and cannot be shared.
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why are there sessions for different groups?

We are offering a variety of ways to participate in discussions on this important topic. We understand some participants may feel more comfortable sharing their perspectives in groups with others who have similar or shared lived experiences.

Who will be facilitating the consultations?

Each session will be led by a staff member from the OCDSB equity team or designated facilitator. Discussions with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples will be facilitated by an Indigenous facilitator. Discussions with African descent/Black and racialized and faith-based affinity groups will be facilitated by a racialized external consultant team. 


Is what I say confidential?

We want students, families and community members to feel they can speak openly and candidly. Nothing that you say will be attributed to you and your name will not be used.  Notes will be taken during the consultations and information shared will be used to inform policy change. 


For Students:  Will there be adults there? Who?

Each session will be led by a staff member from the OCDSB equity team or designated facilitator. Teachers, principals and vice-principals from schools will not be present. 


What will we discuss in the group sessions?

We would like to better understand the impact of having police in schools (both negative and positive). We would also like to hear your recommendations for what changes the OCDSB should make. 


Why is there a session specifically for students and parents from Ridgemont and Gloucester high schools?

The OCDSB and the Ottawa Police Service currently have a specific agreement to have two School Resource Police Officers serving both Gloucester and Ridgemont high schools and the eight elementary schools that feed into them. This is a ratio of approximately one School Resource Police Officer per five schools. The usual ratio is one School Resource Police Officer to approximately 20 to 25 schools. The program at Gloucester and Ridgemont is partially funded by the OCDSB. Therefore the review will be specifically looking at the impact of this priority program in Gloucester and Ridgemont high schools as part of the review. 


Why isn’t a date set yet for the discussions with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples?

We will be fixing a date shortly, once we have coordinated with an Indigenous facilitator. In the meantime, we would like to ask you to register your interest and we will email you to let you know when the time and date is finalized.

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