Police Involvement in Schools - Policy and Practice Review

Police Involvement Consultation 

In September 2020 the Board of Trustees passed a motion mandating a review of the Police Involvement in Schools Policy. The consultation plan for the policy review was approved in October 2020. 

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.

Incidents that require mandatory police involvement are identified in the joint Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol that was developed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and updated in 2015. 

As per the Provincial Model, every school board is required to have a local protocol (agreement) with its local police service. The OCDSB is part of a multilateral agreement with Ottawa Police Service that involves all four Boards in the Ottawa Area. It is called the Protocol to Accompany Safe Schools Policies in the City of Ottawa.  

The Plan for this Consultation is as follows:

Phase 1

November 2020 to April 2021

Engage with stakeholder groups including students, parents/guardians/caregivers, school staff and police 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. Engagement activities include:

  • March 2021 to April 2021
    • Facilitated student focus group discussions including focus groups with students who identify as  Indigenous, Black, Middle Eastern, 2SLGBTQ+ and students with disabilities
    • Facilitated discussions with Arabic and Somali speaking parents
    • Community forums including for community members and parents who identify as Indigenous, Black, Middle Eastern, 2SLGBTQ+ and with disabilities. 
    • Facilitated discussions with Principals and Vice Principals
    • Facilitated discussions with staff members including with staff members who identify as Indigenous, Black, Middle Eastern, 2SLGBTQ+ and with disabilities. 

Phase 2

April 2021 to September 2021

This is the report writing and policy revision stage. 

  • May and June 2021 - reflect on input received and present report with recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration
  • June - September
    • draft revised policy and share with Board Committees and OCASC
    • seek input on draft policy from stakeholders through the website
  • September 2021
    • Presentation of revised policy to Board for approval

Share your feedback

In addition to the virtual sessions and the email account for feedback sharing, there is also an online survey for students, parents, and the public to offer input. The survey is available from May 5th to May 16 at this link.

Police Involvement in Schools - Group Discussions

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