Presentation to the WRDSB Trustees
"The majority of incidents did not result in a physical injury."
The classification of a 'no injury' report is misleading when it comes to incident reporting. I chose four random examples of 'no injury' reports being referred to in January and shared:
- the student attempted to put their hand down CYWs pants, pull her shirt up and later ran her hand up the inside of her leg to her private parts
- student was escalated, pushed, stomped, hit, kicked, punched, slapped - restrained using BMS
- student hit staff during a fire drill while staff was trying to keep safe distance from others; stressful time for student, they wanted to go back into school before 3 bells rant
- student kicked EA in the groin, struck and punched EA in the face trying to get out the door
Overall, we feel our concerns were heard and action is being taken. There was a motion carried unanimously to:
"...differentiate between staffing groups and provide further details on non-injuries when presenting the Quarterly Report on Student Aggression to the Board."
This motion is connected to motions passed on January 22nd, 2018 for the Trustees to be provided quarterly reports with further details on workplace violence in order to determine where resources are needed.
Included in this email for your reference are the minutes of January 22nd and March 19th Trustee meeting, data on incident reports and results of the EAA survey on workplace violence.
I want to acknowledge our EAA Third Officer at Large, Jenn Engel, for attending the Trustee meetings and keeping the executive updated and informed.
Lisa Weiler Haskins
Health and Safety Officer