Safe, Caring and Accepting Schools


Sun West School Division’s goal is to provide school environments that are safe and caring and where excellence in learning is a priority and everyone feels included. Sun West believes that all students, parents and guardians, staff, volunteers and visitors have to be right to be safe, and to feel safe, in our schools. Everyone is responsible for keeping our schools safe. To this end, the School Division has established procedures for student, staff and visitor conduct, for student welfare and the promotion of positive, healthy environments and for the management of crisis situations.



Safe and Caring Schools Plan

Each of our schools have a clearly defined and well-communicated set of values and expectations. Our schools use a variety of educational and proactive programs to teach values and appropriate behaviors, and to help students learn the importance of making positive choices. Much of this is embedded in our core curricula, such as the Health Curricula Grades One through Nine or Wellness 10 or Life Transitions 30. As well, we follow guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education in regard to providing environments that are free from bullying and that are sensitive to the needs of all students

Our schools also offer programming that is more specific to the needs of the students in their schools. For more information, please ask the staff at your child’s school or refer to Administrative Procedures 140, 165, 166, 204, 205, 206, 207, 350, 351, 352, 355, 360, 380, 432.


Positive Mental Health Initiative

In Saskatchewan, the Comprehensive School Community Health approach addresses health and safety issues of children and youth. This approach engages schools, families, and community partners to improve student achievement and well-being. Our Sun West Schools have been actively working on our “Positive Mental Health Initiative”.

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Our PMH Online Course is now live! Check it out on the Sun West Moodle site. All staff will have access to the variety of resources and information to support positive mental health in our schools.

PMH Moodle Link: https://cms.sunwestsd.ca/course/view.php?id=1195
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If you have any questions, require additional support, or have resources you would like to add to the Moodle, please contact:

Shannon Peardon, Child and Youth Counselor (Shannon.peardon@sunwestsd.ca)
Deanne McKenney, Psychologist (Deanne.McKenney@sunwestsd.ca)
Miles Bennett, DLC teacher (Miles.Bennett@sunwestsd.ca)

Working Together for Safe Schools

Sun West has well-developed partnerships in our communities. We work closely with local RCMP detachments, community crisis response teams and Fire and Protective Services to assist us in the prevention of, and response to, any critical events. We strive to keep parents and the community informed by the use of brochures such as our Sun West Safe Schools Brochure.

The Schools will respond to student behaviours that may pose a potential risk for violence to students, staff, and members of the community. The goal of early intervention by the Schools and Community Partners will be to reduce and manage school violence. We have developed a Violence and Threat Risk Protocol that supports collaborative planning among Community Partners to reduce violence and reflects safe, caring, and restorative approaches. It fosters timely sharing of information about students who pose a risk for violence towards themselves or others. The protocol promotes supportive and preventive plans being put in place.