The province is putting together a new code of conduct for schools that will set out a range of disciplinary consequences for inappropriate conduct, including bullying or cyberbullying, Education Minister Nancy Allan said today.
"We know that students can't learn when they feel marginalized, humiliated or intimidated. We want all of our students to feel safe. And we want bullies to know there are real consequences for their actions," Allan said in a statement.
Allan said the new code will be developed in partnership with a provincial oversight committee made up of teachers, superintendents, parents, trustees and school business officials from public and funded-independent schools. The province's Safe Schools Advisory Committee will also be involved.
The new code will provide guidance to principals and teachers on how to respond to inappropriate conduct that takes place both in and outside of school hours, and affects a student's ability to learn.
All schools will have to follow the new provincial code of conduct in the coming year.
The new code of conduct will also confirm the disciplinary authority of the principal over the conduct of pupils while they are at school, on their way to and from school and while being transported via school bus.
It will also set out the protocols for notifying parents when their child becomes the subject of disciplinary action.