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Premier's Safe Schools Awards – Nominations close March 31, 2011

March 3, 2011

In the fall, we launched the Premier's Safe Schools Awards to recognize safe schools teams across Ontario who have done exceptional work at their school. This award will honour up to 10 safe schools teams annually that have demonstrated initiative, creativity, and leadership in creating a safe and inclusive school environment. Their efforts have brought positive change to their school or school community.

Across Ontario, safe schools teams are working to promote a caring and safe environment because they understand how important this is to students' learning and well-being. This is your chance to celebrate these exceptional people and their achievements.

We have developed some materials to help you promote the awards at your school and help make it easier to nominate a team. Attached are posters to help raise awareness about the awards and information on how to nominate a team.

Anyone in the school or school community can nominate a safe schools team for an award, even a team member.

To help make the application process easier, the nomination form is a fillable PDF that can be completed electronically. The application is also available in Microsoft Word format (attached) that allows nominators to add more information about team activities. The completed form needs to be printed and signed. The nomination form then needs to be signed by a school board member or designate. Boards can work with the principal to get this done. More information is available at www.ontario.ca/safeschools including answers to Frequently Asked Questions as well as tips on how to write a compelling letter of support.

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate great work at your schools! The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2011. Award recipients will be recognized during Education Week – May 2 to 6, 2011.

Thank you for helping us create a positive learning environment.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Harding
Director, Learning Environment Branch