Winnipeg school division moves police out of schools – APTN News

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Winnipeg school division moves police out of schools – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on October 13, 202142 Views

Oct 12, 2021

This week the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) in Winnipeg put an end to the school resource officer (SRO) program, which had a police officer working across the division’s 40 schools since 2016.

Feedback from staff, students and families, including BIPOC students said they felt uneasy with the presence of an officer. It led the school division to use the money for the SRO program on a new diversity and anti-racism initiative.

LRSD priorities include implementing a curricula review emphasizing anti-racism and decolonization and adding an anti-racism education office to address issues of systemic racism among others.

“That over-arching policy will guide actions in many areas starting with professional learning. We really need to develop a curriculum for staff that focuses on the issues and focuses on anti-racism, decolonization,” said LRSD superintendent Christian Michalik.

They are also working with Equity Matters, a coalition of over 70 Indigenous and racialized/newcomer organizations that want to see equity in education, on areas to be improved.

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