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Policy 413 Safety (Behaviour Prevention and Intervention)

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Upper Grand District School Board to take every reasonable precaution to ensure the care, welfare, safety and security of staff and students in situations of potential physical injury. We believe the best way to keep staff and students safe is to avoid physical intervention whenever possible.

The board realizes that the unique social, emotional, mental health, and behavioural needs of some pupils may give rise to behaviours that place staff and/or other students, or the student themselves, at risk of physical injury. The main focus is on developing strategies to prevent behavioural escalations and supporting students to manage their own behaviour. Challenging behaviour is about delayed development, not poor motivation, and the goal of intervention is to move the development forward.

Staff will be trained to provide the most supportive non-violent forms of intervention. There are, however, situations where physical intervention from staff is necessary due to imminent danger and risk of injury to self and others.


First adopted: November 2002
Revision history: April 2011, June 2017, February 2019, February 2022