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ETFO Action on Violence in Schools

logo - ETFO Action on Violence in SchoolsETFO is pursuing a multi-year strategy for addressing violence in schools that includes:

  • Lobbying the Ministries of Education and Labour to address violent incidents in schools and improve school board compliance with health and safety legislation;
  • Working with Ministry and school board representatives to improve workplace violence reporting and compliance procedures and develop training materials;
  • Building community advocacy to press the government to review its education funding formula and provide more funding for special education and support for students with high risk behaviors; and
  • Providing ETFO locals and members with enhanced education, training and resources on dealing with workplace violence.

ETFO Resources

VIDEOS: ETFO has produced a three-part video series for members on dealing with workplace violence. Please share the videos widely!

1. ETFO Takes Action on Violence in Schools

ETFO’s new 2:56 minute video for locals and members outlines reporting procedures for violence in schools and provides an important introduction on the legal requirements for reporting a violent incident. For more information, please visit


2. Risk Assessment and Safety Plans

The second video in ETFO's three-part series on workplace violence focuses on how the risks of violence are controlled in schools.


3. Violence - Workplace Injury and Illness

The third and final video in ETFO's three-part series on workplace violence focuses on violence-related workplace injuries and illnesses and the important steps that members must take when they occur.


BROCHURE: This handy brochure outlines members’ rights to a safe workplace, health and safety legal and policy requirements, and responsibilities of members, school boards and principals concerning workplace violent incidents (PDF | Word).

POSTER: Download this 11 x 17” poster which summarizes information contained in the above brochure (PDF | Word).

WALLET CARD: Download this wallet card that is a handy reference for members regarding their duty to report workplace violence, the steps they need to know about reporting violent incidents and their right to refuse unsafe work (PDF | Word).

Learn more about dealing with workplace violence, workplace harassment and serious student incidents in schools and workplaces at