Revised National School Security Policy completed
The Education Ministry says revision of its School Security and Safety Policy Guidelines has been completed and the document is expected to be ready for distribution by the start of the new academic year in September.
The Jamaica Information Service says the Director of Safety and Security in Schools at the Ministry, Sergeant Coolridge Minto, has said all policies pertaining to safety and security in schools have been reviewed.
He says the documents should be available to all schools and their Deans of Discipline.
The National School Security Policy provides the protocols on how guidance counsellors, safety and security personnel and school boards handle student security, security risk management, discipline, interventions and behaviour modification.
Sergeant Minto says a manual will include how to treat bullying and even missing persons.
He further points out that aspects of the Child Care and Protection Act will be included in the manual.
He says this will ensure all stakeholders in schools are aware of reporting procedures and their roles as prescribed persons under the law.