Policy/Program Memorandum No. 120
Date of Issue: May 16, 2011
Application:�Directors of Education
References:�This memorandum replaces Policy/Program Memorandum No. 120,
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction to school boards1 on the development of procedures for reporting violent incidents to the Ministry of Education. Boards are required to have these procedures in place by September 1, 2011.
Research shows that violence in schools can affect the social, psychological, and physical well-being of students, as well as the learning process. Students who experience violence in school are more likely to report feelings of social isolation, depression, and frustration, and to demonstrate decreased engagement in school.2 Research also shows that it is important to monitor the occurrence of violent incidents in order to obtain accurate data on which to base policies and planning.3
REQUIREMENTS FOR BOARDS
Reporting of Violent Incidents
For the purposes of this memorandum, the term violent incident is defined as the occurrence of any one of the following or the occurrence of a combination of any of the following:4�
Boards must follow the direction in Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol, 2011 regarding notification of the police if any of the above violent incidents occurs.5�
In circumstances where board employees have reason to believe that a student may be in need of protection, they are required to call a children�s aid society, in accordance with the requirements of the Child and Family Services Act.6
Ongoing Monitoring by Boards
1. In this memorandum, school board(s) and board(s) refer to district school boards and school authorities.
2. Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, "Improving the School Environment to Reduce School Violence: A Review of the Literature", Journal of School Health 79 no. 10 (2009), pp. 451�465.
3. Rami Benbenishty, Ron Avi Astor, and Anat Zeira, "Monitoring School Violence: Linking National-, District-, and School-Level Data Over Time", Journal of School Violence 2 no. 2 (2003), pp. 29�50.
4. This list is taken from Ministry of Education, Ontario, Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol, 2011, p. 8. Various terms used in the list are defined in the Glossary of the protocol document.
5. Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol, 2011, p. 8.
6. See Ministry of Education, Ontario, Policy/Program Memorandum No. 9, "Reporting of Children in Need of Protection",