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The Manitoba government renews funding to help ensure safe and caring learning environment

August 6th, 2020 Respect in School
Up to $100,000 Will Renew and Extend Respect in School Program: Goertzen


 

The Manitoba government will provide up to $100,000 to renew and extend a funding agreement for 2020-21 for the Respect in School (RIS) program, which offers online curriculum training at no cost to adults working with students in public, funded independent, non-funded independent and First Nations schools, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“With the resumption of in-class learning in Manitoba this fall, students will require emotionally, psychologically and physically supportive school environments to help address anxiety and distress they may have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Goertzen. “We are pleased to extend funding for the RIS program that complements many other resources available to schools for the promotion of supportive learning for all students.”

Research has shown anxiety and distress can interfere with a student’s ability to learn and interact with peers and teachers in positive ways. Without appropriate interventions, this anxiety and distress can also affect a student’s short-term and long-term mental health.

RIS is an evidence-based program for adults interacting with students in a school environment. Created by Respect Group Inc., the program helps to heighten adults’ awareness of the distress and harm that students might experience from a variety of sources, and equips them with knowledge and skills to make timely and appropriate interventions.

“The pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on Manitobans of all ages,” said Goertzen. “The renewal of the Respect in School program is one more way we are enhancing the classroom experience for students.”

In addition to the renewal, the government is extending the funding for RIS to the early learning and child-care sector for Manitoba educators and assistants working at licensed centres and homes. Early childhood educators are uniquely positioned to keep children safe, and they will now have access to an additional resource that helps support and protect children.

“It is critical for adults in the education and child-care systems to be aware of and understand the distress that children and youth can be subjected to on a daily basis, and for them to be able and prepared to intervene as early as possible and help whenever necessary,” said Sheldon Kennedy, co-founder of Respect Group Inc. “I am pleased to see the Manitoba government take another step with this program for the benefit of young people across the province.”

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For more information:

Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.

 

Appuyer un apprentissage sécuritaire et respectueux

Supporting safe and respectful learning

December 9th, 2019 Respect in School

Photo: Minister LaGrange, Sheldon Kennedy, trustees, student leaders and staff from Eastview Middle School. | La ministre de l’Éducation, Adriana LaGrange; Sheldon Kennedy; des conseillers scolaires de Red Deer Public; des leadeurs étudiants; et du personnel de l’école primaire Eastview Middle School à Red Deer.

 

 

 

Government is providing a grant of $300,000 per year over four years to support the Respect in School program, which educates school system employees on their responsibilities to ensure students are safe from abusive situations.

“All students deserve a positive and caring learning environment. With this grant, we are following through on our commitment to support safe schools that protect students against discrimination and bullying. I encourage all school leaders and staff to complete the Respect in School training for the benefit of our children.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

The Respect in School online training, offered in English and French, will educate teachers and other school staff, bus drivers, parent volunteers and student leaders about how they can prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in their schools.

“We are proud to stand alongside Alberta Education who, through their leadership, is making the safety and well-being of our kids their top priority. Respect in School will give school leaders the confidence to step up and step in when situations arise and help create safe and respectful learning environments for all students.”

Sheldon Kennedy, co-founder, Respect Group Inc.

Through its online training programs, Respect Group Inc. has certified more than 1.2 million people across Canada to recognize and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination.

“As a district we recognized increasing concerns for mental health and wellness. As we developed our Valuing Mental Health initiative, one of the key elements for prevention and promotion was the district-wide implementation of Respect in School. Each of our staff members goes through the training to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. By educating our school staff on the prevention of these issues, we build a culture of respect across our school community.”

Nicole Buchanan, chair, Red Deer Public Schools

Albertans dealing with bullying or other issues that may be affecting their mental health can access supports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including the Mental Health Helpline (toll-free at 1-877-303-2642), the Bullying Helpline (toll-free at 1-888-456-2323), Bullying Helpline Chat, and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).

New Training For School Division Staff Will Help Build Safe And Inclusive Learning Environments

November 12th, 2019 Respect in School, Uncategorised

Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant was joined in Regina by Respect Group Co-founder Sheldon Kennedy, to announce the new Respect in School training for teachers, school staff and volunteers.  The training, which will be available in a few weeks, is being offered at no cost to all school divisions, First Nation education authorities and independent schools.

“We are happy to partner with Respect Group to make this valuable training available to all school staff in Saskatchewan,” Wyant said.  “We understand the importance of ensuring safe and welcoming learning environments for everyone, and this training will further support the adult leaders in our schools to better understand and act on complex issues.”

The Ministry of Education is partnering with Respect Group to deliver the 90-minute online personal development training course.  The training will be available over the next two years and includes content on preventing, identifying, responding to and reporting incidents of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in schools.

“We are so grateful for the leadership that Saskatchewan continues to demonstrate when it comes to the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination,” Kennedy said.  “Respect in School will give school leaders the confidence to step up and step in when situations arise and help create safe and respectful learning environments for all students.”

“The safety and well-being of students is always a priority for school boards,” Saskatchewan School Boards Association President Dr. Shawn Davidson said.  “School division employees and our communities work hard every day to create safe and caring environments for our students and we as school boards are welcoming of additional supports being made available.”

This training is part of the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to ensuring schools are safe and inclusive environments for all students and staff.

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For more information, contact:

Dale Hunter
Education
Regina
Phone: 306-787-9501
Email: dale.hunter@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-529-9207

Canadian School Board Association Supports Respect in School

August 6th, 2017 Respect in School

Canadian School Board Association Supports Respect in School

 

The Canadian School Boards Association has recently agreed to become a supporting organization of the Respect in School program, listing it as a valuable resource and counted among best practices. MORE

Encouraging respect in Manitoba schools

April 17th, 2017 Respect in School, Sheldon Kennedy

Encouraging respect in Manitoba schools

 

Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, Premier Brian Pallister and education minister Ian Wishart spoke to n Meghan McOmber’s Grade 7 class at Bernie Wolfe Community School (95 Bournais Dr.), on April 10. Kennedy, Pallister, and Wishart were at Bernie Wolfe to announce $100,000 in annual funding for the next three years to bring the Respect in School program to public, First Nations, and independent schools across the province. MORE

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