Ministry of Education, Guyana

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Protocol for Safe and Secure Schools

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The Ministry of Education has been working to foster a culture of safety and security within all of its institutions.

  The Ministry of Education recognizes the need to inculcate a culture of safety and security in all schools. The ultimate objective is to provide safe and secure school environments which will better enable teachers to fulfill their main duty…
  Disruptive behaviour has become a concern of teachers since it not only affects students and teachers but invariably detracts teachers from their main duty of delivering the curriculum and students from concentrating on learning. Therefore, safety in schools is…
  In Guyana young people are legally required to attend school until the age of 16 years, as such, the Head of schools have a corresponding duty to provide children with a safe, secure, and peaceful environment in which learning…
  Teachers are expected to keep accurate misdemeanor records and always inform the Headteacher of observed disruptive behaviour. The entire staff of the school must be sensitized in recognizing the signs of anti-social behaviour.
  The Headteacher is directed to engage students in a security and safety campaign in the school. The campaign should promote students’ alertness in relation to matters of security and encourage them to convey pertinent information about security and safety…
  Parents are critical stakeholders in attaining a secure and safe school environment. The Headteacher is expected to involve parents in drafting and reviewing the security and safety procedures of the school. Security and Safety must be on the agenda…
  The Headteacher is expected to establish a protocol for co-operation with the officers-incharge of the nearest police and fire stations. The Ministry of Education strongly recommends that Headteachers organize regular educational programmes with the Schools Welfare Unit, (including Guidance…
  The Role of Other Education Personnel – District Education Officer, School Welfare/Guidance and Counselling Officers The Headteacher is expected to establish and maintain a good working relationship and collaborate with all national and local government agencies that can assist…
  The Headteacher is expected to plan and execute emergency drills on a monthly basis, (i.e. fire drills and evacuation procedures). These procedures must be well-documented and published. As stated in the School Records and Documents, the entire school must…
  In Guyana, the law governing the public education system is the Education Act, Chapter 39:01 and the appropriate Regulations. These outline the requirements as it relates to the recording and reporting expectations for schools. One of the main reporting…
DefinitionIn a school, a search is defined as a keen examination of a person, his/her belongings or school premises/grounds. What constitutes a search? Examining personal items or places that are in the open and exposed to public view Physically examining…
Search of Locker, Bag, School Premises and Seizures Locker searches in school and dormitory should be routinely conducted by the school in collaboration with Department of Education staffers, such as, Schools Welfare Officers and District Education Officers and members of…
Regulating access to school - movement and assembling Schools need to control access to the learning environment if security and safety are to be realised. School safety efforts should take into account the features of the school and the surrounding…
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