GBCC: Staff Responsibilities
The following guidelines apply to the responsibilities of the school district's teaching staff in relation to their daily dealings with students entrusted to their care:
- Each teacher is required by the regulations to the School Act to provide teaching and other educational services, including advice and instructional assistance, to the students assigned by the Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) or the Minister of Education.
- Each teacher is required under common law to maintain care that school activities are conducted in a suitable manner. When instructions or directions for the safety of students in school are issued, the age and ability of the students must be taken into account. If there are any special categories of students for whom different standards would apply (such as physically or mentally disabled youngsters), special rules may be necessary.
- The regulations to the School Act require each teacher to provide such assistance as is necessary for the supervision of students in school premises and at school functions, whenever and wherever held. Students should be under the supervision of a member of the school staff at all reasonable times while they are on school premises or attending school functions.
- All dangerous conditions in the school premises should be immediately reported to the principal or designate in charge of the school.
- All overnight or out-of-city field trips should be approved by the principal and associate superintendent - area. If there are any questions concerning the trip, the principal should investigate the matter and either disapprove the trip or impose appropriate limitations. Only students whose parents or guardians have signed permission slips should be permitted to participate in the trip. The slip should indicate an acknowledgement by the parents or guardians of the nature of the trip and the time supervision of students will end. While such permission slips do not absolve school personnel of responsibility for negligence, they are important evidence that the parent or guardian had knowledge of, and gave consent to, the student's participation.
- Principals should arrange for appropriate warning signs to be posted in shops, parking areas, and other potentially dangerous places.
- It is advisable for the principal or designate in charge of the school to review with the teaching staff from time to time school rules regarding students' safety.
The foregoing guidelines are only intended to give the teaching staff a general outline of their responsibilities. Many individual instances of responsibility could be added. A teacher, like anyone else, is liable for his/her negligent acts. Teachers should take the same reasonable precautions for the safety of the students under their supervision as a responsible parent would take. If this approach is used, there is little danger of any claim for damages.
DMT Responsibility: AS-HR