Start Smart Stay Safe
Start Smart Stay Safe is a strengths-based educational resource utilized by police officers, teachers, and schools in building resiliency and capacity in children and their families. Using a proactive delivery model, this resource intentionally builds skills and knowledge that supports students in successfully navigating through challenging situations like bullying, cyber-safety, pressure to engage in substance abuse or any high-risk behaviours. These models are delivered through affirming messaging, engaging activities, and fostering positive relationships between police officers school communities, and families. Classroom experiences are designed to invite uniformed officers to visit classrooms to explore the question “How do we work together to keep our community safe?”
Parental involvement in their child(ren)’s learning, not only improves a child’s morale, attitude, and academic achievement across all subject areas, but it also promotes better behaviour and social adjustment. In all these ways, family involvement in education helps children to grow up to be productive, responsible members of the society!
As part of the Start Smart Stay Safe (S4) Project, families are provided opportunities to become involved through family connection activities. Family Connection activities are offered to invite families to participate in activities that complement the police visits and support police messaging throughout. These will be sent home to families in the form of an invitation and reflection section from teachers via your child(ren). Watch for upcoming parent activities this year to support your children and family in working together to keep the community safe!!