(Canada) Waterloo, ON: 1,300 cases of student-on-teacher violence in elem schools last year

Jan 30, 2018, (Canada) CBC: How WRDSB uses special teams and safety plans to stop student violence Waterloo District School Board (WRDSB) is working to ensure there are special teams to work with staff and students with behavioural challenges. Don Durant is a behavioural teacher at WRDSB. He said special education has behaviour services, which is divided into three tiers. "Tier two, which is the level I work at, consists of a team of two child workers and a behaviour resource teacher, and we'll go into a classroom for a period of six weeks and work with the student and teach them some skills and strategies to help replace their maladaptive behaviours they've adapted over the years." Tier one entails first responders who go to school to meet with staff and help meet the needs of a student, said Durant. Finally, tier three is a more intensive and highly individualized approach in supporting a student with behavioural challenges, or special needs…. Last school year there were approximately 1,300 incidents involving elementary student-on-teacher violence in WRDSB schools, up from around 900 the previous year. … "We're [dealing with] everything to biting to kicking and punching," said Jeff Pelich, the vice president of the local chapter of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). … Kevlar clothing can include vests, arm or leg sleeves. Teachers in Durham region and New Brunswick have also resorted to wearing the protective gear. He said there are no exact numbers of the number of vests being worn, but said with confidence that the requests are escalating, particularly with educational assistants who work with students on a one-on-one basis. … And the rise in violence is reason for WRDSB to offer multi-tiered behaviour services. "We've seen an increase of violent behaviour over the course of eight to 10 years and is certainly something we've had to deal with for a while," said Durant.