P R O V I N C I A L L E G I S L A T I O N ( A M E N D M E N T )
The Safe Schools Charter (Various Acts Amended) (the former Bill 30)
Overview
The Safe Schools Charter received Royal Assent on June 10, 2004, and the supporting regulation (MR 77/2005) was approved on May 31, 2005. The Safe Schools Charter amended both The Public Schools Act and The Education Administration Act. The charter includes requirements that each school board

41(1)(b.1) ensure that each pupil in Manitoba is provided with a safe and caring

school environment that fosters and maintains respectful and responsible
behaviours;

and

41(1)(b.2) establish policies respecting the appropriate use of electronic mail and the
internet


and requires each principal, in consultation with the school’s advisory committee, to

47.1(1.a) establish a code of conduct for pupils and staff and an emergency response
plan for the school; and
47.1(1.b) review that code of conduct and emergency response plan at least annually
The text of The Safe Schools Charter is provided on the following pages.

For Further Information

The Safe Schools Charter is available online at:
http://web2.gov.mb.ca/bills/38-2/b030e.php


A Whole-School Approach to Safety and Belonging: Preventing Violence and Bullying
promotes a positive approach to safety and belonging and uses a seven-step process to
address issues related to violence, bullying, intimidation, and harassment by promoting
a safe school climate.


Bill 24 The Public Schools Amendment Act (Cyber-Bullying and Use of Electronic Devices) S.M. 2008, c. 25


Bill 24, 2nd Session, 39th Legislature
The Public Schools Amendment Act (Cyber-Bullying and Use of Electronic Devices) (Assented to June 12, 2008)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
C.C.S.M. c. P250 amended
1. The Public Schools Act is amended by this Act.

2. Clause 41(1)(b.2) is replaced with the following:

(b.2) establish a written policy respecting the appropriate use of the following at schools:
(i) the Internet,
(ii) e-mail,
(iii) cell phones, including cell phones equipped with digital cameras,
(iv) digital cameras,
(v) any other personal communication devices identified by the board;

3(1) Clause 47.1(2)(b) is amended
(a) in subclause (i), by striking out "bullying, or"; and
(b) by adding the following after subclause (i):
(i.1) bullying, including cyber-bullying,

3(2) Clause 47.1(2)(d) is replaced with the following:
(d) a statement that pupils and staff must adhere to school policies respecting appropriate use of
(i) e-mail and the Internet, including policies that prohibit the accessing, uploading, downloading or distributing of material that the school has determined to be objectionable, and
(ii) digital cameras, cell phones, including those cell phones equipped with digital cameras, and other personal communication devices identified in the code of conduct;

3(3) The following is added after subsection 47.1(2):

Interpretation: cyber-bullying

47.1 (2.1) For the purpose of subclause (2)(b)(i.1), "cyber-bullying" means using the Internet or other information or communication technologies, such as e-mail messages or text messages sent by cell phone or pager, to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm someone else.

Coming into force

This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.