Safe and Accepting Schools: How to nominate

2015-16 Premier's Awards for Accepting Schools

Nominations are now closed.
Thank you to everyone who nominated a safe and accepting schools team.

How to nominate a safe and accepting schools team

The Premier's Awards for Accepting Schools recognize Ontario's safe and accepting school teams for the exceptional and innovative work they have done in creating a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate. This is your chance to recognize these deserving teams for the work they do to make your school better!

Every safe and accepting schools team in the province is eligible for nomination.

  1. Talk to the team you want to nominate
    Ask them whether they are willing to be nominated.

  2. Find two people who will provide written support for your nomination
    Using the letters of support template, they will explain the team's accomplishments and should say why the team deserves an award.

    Elementary school teams need one letter of support completed by a parent or a student and one other letter of support completed by someone from the school community.

    Secondary school teams need one letter of support completed by a student and one other letter of support completed by someone from the school community.

    Remember – letters cannot be written by a member of the safe and accepting schools team being nominated or by a nominee's relative.

Each letter should be:

  • no more than three pages long
  • typed, single sided and double-spaced.
  • font size no smaller than 12 point.
  • signed by the writer.
Learn how to write a compelling letter of support.

  1. Download and complete the nomination form
    The nomination form must be completed with the school's contact information and the name of each team member as it would appear on a certificate should the team be chosen for an award.

    Visit our Premier's Awards for Accepting Schools frequently asked questions section to find out more about the awards.

  2. Gather information about the team's activities
    Work with the safe and accepting schools team to complete the necessary sections on the form. Highlight the team's three key activities/practices, identify any challenges they faced and explain how the team has made a difference at the school or within the school community.

    See sample activities in the Promoting a Positive Climate resource (PDF, 80 KB).

  3. Ensure your Director of Education or Supervisory Officer has approved the submission of the award
    Your school board's Director of Education or a Supervisory Officer must approve the nomination form. You can work with your school's principal who can help get this approval.

  4. Make a copy
    Please keep a copy of your entire submission.

  5. Submit your nomination
    E-mail your nomination form to Curriculum Services Canada at paas@curriculum.org.