Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools

The BC Safe Schools Strategy

British Columbia schools are striving to develop positive and welcoming school cultures, and are committed to fostering optimal environments for learning. Members of these school communities share a commitment to maintaining safe, caring and orderly schools. They focus on prevention of problems and use school-wide efforts to build “community,” fostering respect, inclusion, fairness and equity. They set, communicate and consistently reinforce clear expectations of acceptable conduct. They teach, model and encourage socially responsible behaviours that contribute to the school community, solve problems in peaceful ways, value diversity and defend human rights.


List of Resources Relating to School Safety
Direct access to a variety of resources most of which can be printed directly from the list as well as links to materials available on other helpful web sites.

Attributes of Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools
Safe schools don't just happen - they are developed by committed people using appropriate and ever-improving policies, procedures and practices - the building blocks of safe, caring and orderly schools.

  • Guiding Questions
    Questions designed to facilitate discussion and to prompt actions that will lead to continually improving policies, procedures and practices in support of school safety.

Codes of Conduct
Present standards for the development of codes of conduct - including an outline of the elements that must be incorporated in all codes of conduct in British Columbia schools. Updated November 2008 to reflect School Act amendments including the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order.

  • Developing and Reviewing Codes of Conduct
    A Companion to the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order and Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools: A Guide (2008) has been created to assist boards of education in meeting their obligation to ensure that codes of conduct in their districts meet the provincial standards and comply with the School Act and the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order. It offers information to assist boards to meet their responsibilities under the law and work to make the schools of our province as safe, caring and orderly as possible.

Timely Information
A brief discussion about recording of safety-related incidents and concerns, and how and when schools typically convey information to appropriate parties.

  • Recording and Reporting - Sample Forms
    I nformation about safety-related incidents and concerns including references to helpful resources for developing effective reporting and recording practices.

Guiding Legislation
Easy access to legislation relevant to the BC Safe Schools Strategy - Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools. Updated November 2008 to reflect School Act amendments including the Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order.