OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

February 22, 2008 12:35 ET

OSSTF Welcomes Government's Safe School Initiatives

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - The McGuinty government's announcement that it is re-engaging a team of safety and education experts to combat harassment and violence in schools is welcome news. The Safe Schools Action Team will be looking at ways of preventing inappropriate behaviour such as sexual harassment, homophobia and gender-based violence in schools. It will also examine how to make it easier for students to report these types of inappropriate behaviours in schools.

Commenting on the announcement, Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation said, "OSSTF is pleased to see that a serious approach is being taken to dealing with behaviour that can negatively affect the school environment and impede students from succeeding. OSSTF believes that safe schools are key to student success. Our members know that students can focus on learning when they feel safe and secure at school.

"OSSTF hopes that the Safe Schools Action Team will look at a whole school safety approach that protects all students in a school. Many of the programs run by support staff such as child and youth workers, educational assistants, social workers, school psychologists and others were cut during the Harris/Eves regime and have never fully recovered. Students need adults in the school that they can turn to for assistance and support when dealing with issues of violence and harassment," he added.

OSSTF looks forward to working with the Safe Schools Action Team to ensure that all schools are safe, healthy and successful for all students," Coran concluded.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867