The Kamloops-Thompson school district hopes to take a proactive stance against sexual harassment following complaints last year.
“I hope this will work will enable us to take a definitive step forward in preventing sexual misconduct in our schools and by extension, in our community at large,” said SD73 superintendent Alison Sidow.
In addition to defining what constitutes sexual misconduct and working that definition into district policies that contemplate violence, harassment, bullying and intimidation, SD73 has also created an online reporting tool for students dealing with sexual misconduct, hiring a healthy relationships co-ordinator and creating aa new procedure for administration to handle situations in a more holistic, victim-centred approach.
The new policy will be in place for the 2019-2020 school year.
The recommendations have also garnered attention from the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Ombudsperson for being unprecedented in B.C.’s public schools, according to the SD73 press release.
“It is our goal to be a strong voice for positive change in the lives of our students by addressing issues, such as sexual misconduct and violence that continue to plague our communities and disproportionately impact the lives of girls and Aboriginal youth,” Sidow said.