SB Q18: 20 Questions for Langley School Board candidates

 

Megan Dykeman (Township) – Yes. The Langley Board of Education just updated Policy 7200, to change the title to, “Student Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy” to more accurately reflect its intent. The revised policy also has explicit and clear language that recognizes and addresses specific challenges faced by our community in order to make our schools safe for all students. Policy 7200 now focuses on the collective responsibility of all members of the school community to support a positive culture and climate no matter what the type or direction of the harassment, whereas the original regulations were more of a set of guidelines to follow if a concern arose. This policy also has clear action items associated with realizing these changes. The revisions were the result of an extensive consultation process; schools were visited, our partners were part of the process. Teachers, parents and students and other stakeholders came to the meetings and shared their stories and recommendations. Although the process was lengthy, it reflected the thoughtful and exhaustive consultation necessary to establish trust and open real communication leading to proposals that could evoke real and measurable change and not be simply token policy without useful and implementable regulations. The Ministry of education also has an “Erase Bullying” initiative which the Langley School District follows and implements. The policy committee of the Board, which I chair, continuously reviews district policies to determine if revision is required. 

Kristine Ketter (Township) – Yes. While there are policies in place, I am not able to comment on how well they are enforced at each school site.

Rod Ross (Township) – Yes. We are introducing the updated 7200 Student Harassment Policy and I believe it is a superior policy to what we have had previously.

David Tod (Township) – The district has a policy 7200 but more can be done.

 

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