A new protocol agreement will help keep students safe and ensure the appropriate response in the event of a threat or display of violent behaviour at school.
On Dec. 13, representatives from School District No. 46 (SD46), the Sunshine Coast RCMP and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) signed the Com-munity Protocol for Dealing with High-Risk Student Behaviour, as well as a memorandum of understanding between the parties.
The protocol “establishes clear guidelines when responding to any perceived or real threat of violent behaviour,” said Sunshine Coast RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Steve Chubey.
The memorandum of understanding is meant to detail the relationship between the RCMP, SD46 and MCFD and outline their response plan to deal with matters of mutual concern.
“The primary objective of the agreement is to reduce offending behaviour and the victimization of young people in the schools and communities of the Sunshine Coast,” Chubey added.
The new memorandum of understanding will ensure RCMP continue with efforts like having a full-time school liaison officer in SD46 and continue with the practice of youth restorative justice in the school system.
In addition “the partners will provide staff with training and guidelines required to perform their roles and will measure the effectiveness of prevention and intervention initiatives,” Chubey said.
SD46 was pleased with the signing of the two documents last Friday with assistant superintendent of schools Greg Kitchen noting it “really establishes best practice protocols on how the three agencies can work together and support our communities and support our youth.”