The ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education support the idea that it is a fundamental right of Ontarians to work and learn in a safe environment.1 Teachers have the right to work in a safe environment.
Workplace violence appears to be on the rise and as teachers, we are sometimes confronted by violence from students, parents/guardians, or other staff members. By law, all school boards must have violence policy and a protocol in place to deal with workplace violence.
In this section, you will find a variety of resources relating to violence in the workplace, including a chart to help navigate which forms teachers should fill out, depending on the situation and the perpetrator of the violent act.
1Workplace violence in school boards: A guide to the law
- OCSB Workplace Violent Incident Reporting Form Instructions (Employee)
- OECTA - A Guide to the Occupation H&S Act
- OECTA - Know Your Rights to Safe Work in Schools
- OECTA - Safer Schools for All - Addressing Violence
- Steps to Follow When a Workplace Incident Occurs or Where Its Potential Exists
- Workplace Violence in School Boards - A Guide to the Law