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An inclusive education system in Ontario ensures that all students, parents/guardians, and other members of the school community are welcomed and respected. Students should be supported and inspired to succeed in a culture of high expectations for learning. To achieve an equitable and inclusive school climate, our school board continuously strives to ensure that all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. We want all staff and students to value diversity and to demonstrate respect for others and a commitment to establishing a just, caring society. Together, we can create safe, inclusive and caring environments in all of our schools.
Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy
Students need a safe and positive learning and teaching environment to succeed at school. But it isn’t just the school’s responsibility to make that happen. All of us have a part to play in making and keeping schools safe. Ontario is taking important steps forward to reduce discrimination and embrace diversity in our schools to improve overall student achievement and reduce achievement gaps. The Ministry of Education’s Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act (Bill 157) came into effect on February 1, 2010. It is the latest step in our strategy to help make Ontario’s schools safer. More >>
Bullying Prevention and Internet Safety
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.Whether it happens in person or online, students who engage in bullying, including cyberbullying, can get suspended from school. Find out what you can do or where you can go for help if you suspect a case of bullying. More >>
Suspensions and Expulsions
A positive school climate and a safe learning and teaching environment are essential if students are to succeed in school. Progressive discipline promotes positive student behaviour. It also enables the principal to choose the consequences that are appropriate to the student’s needs and behaviour. However, there may be cases in which students are suspended or expelled from school. Students who have been suspended or expelled by the Ottawa Catholic School Board are able to take advantage of specialized programs to assist in re-integrating back into our school systems. More >>
Code of Conduct
Ontario’s Code of Conduct sets out clear standards for behaviour for everyone involved in the publicly funded school system. This includes students, parents/guardians, teachers, other staff members, volunteers and community partners. The code applies on school property, on school buses, at school-authorized events or activities or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate.
View our Board's policies and procedures Safe Schools - General Policy >>
View our Board's comprehensive policies and procedures on Safe Schools, under Section F-4 School Operations, Security and Safety >>
View the Ministry of Education's Policy/Program Memorandum No. 128 - Provincial and School Board Code of Conduct >>
Contact Safe and Inclusive Schools
Please contact your child's school principal directly with inquiries regarding our Safe and Inclusive Schools.
The school principal should always be your primary contact. Click here to access our School Directory >>.
Joe Veryard, Principal of Safe Schools
St. Ambrose Centre of Excellence
Phone: 613-228-6908, ext 101
Mail to: St. Ambrose Centre of Excellence, c/o Safe and Inclusive Schools
175 Beech Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 3T1
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Last Updated: 2011-02-09