Welcoming, Caring, Respectful & Safe Schools
Students, parents and school authorities have responsibilities for ensuring welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that respect diversity and nurture a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self.
When students feel like they belong, it encourages them to stay in school to learn and succeed. In welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments, students, staff, families and community partners treat each other fairly and kindly. They are environments where:
- healthy and respectful relationships are fostered
- students feel that adults care for them as a group and as individuals
- positive mental health is promoted
- values, rights, and responsibilities are respected
- support is demonstrated through collaboration, high expectations, mutual trust and caring
- diversity is respected, celebrated and understood as a strength
- expectations are clear, consistent, and regularly communicated
- consequences of unacceptable behavior take into account the students age, maturity, and individual circumstances
- support is provided for those impacted by inappropriate behaviour as well as for those who engage in inappropriate behaviors
- children, youth and adults model positive social-emotional skills
Documents to support Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environments that respect diversity and nurture a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self.
Additional resources in Alberta education:
The Supporting Every Student Learning Series is intended to support professional learning opportunities for school and school authority leaders around creating or enhancing welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that support student success and wellbeing. The series provides access to information on research and evidence-based practices through recorded “TedTalk” style presentations and conversation guides, with links for further information.