Peel Alternative School (PAS) has been recognized as a recipient for the 2012-2013 Premier’s Award for Safe and Accepting Schools. The award recognizes exceptional and innovative work being done in schools to create a safe, inclusive and accepting school environment.
“Providing the best possible education for students in a safe school community is a shared responsibility which requires a commitment of collaboration, cooperation and effective communication between staff and students,” says Jeffrey Hepton, school liaison officer at Peel Alternative School in Brampton. “A safe, inclusive and equitable school environment fosters and supports the learning and ongoing development of Peel students.”
The Premier’s Award recognizes up to 12 Safe Schools teams across Ontario that have demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe and inclusive school climate. “PAS focuses on student-centered programs to increase interaction and attendance in the school,” says Sharon Stevens-Lay, principal of Alternative Programs. “PAS has shown a steady improvement in graduation rates, student satisfaction and overall school climate.”
For more information on the award, how to apply, as well as descriptions about the work of each of the schools, visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/award.html.
Media contact: Sharon Stevens-Lay, Principal, Peel Alternative School, [email protected]
Reference: Jennifer Capan, MSEP Assistant, [email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 2462