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Pink Shirt Day Feb 26 - 2020

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February 11, 2020 - Media Release from Deputy Minister of Education, Andre Corbould

This year, Pink Shirt Day is February 26, 2020. I encourage you, along with your students, staff and families, to join me in wearing pink. When people feel respected and included, they are more likely to reach their potential, give back to their community and maintain healthy relationships with others. Bullying behaviours, on the other hand, accomplish just the opposite—they spread fear and threaten the safety and well‑being of individuals, groups, families and society as a whole. 

Wearing pink demonstrates understanding of the importance of promoting healthy relationships and actively working toward creating learning and work environments that are safe and where bullying behaviours cannot exist. Suggestions for participating in Pink Shirt Day and resources to raise awareness about this important event are accessible at alberta.ca/pink-shirt-day-alberta.

I also remind you of government’s commitment to supporting safe schools where students are protected against bullying, harassment and discrimination and that Respect in School online training is available to all school authorities. Offered in both English and French, all school authority staff, student leaders and parent volunteers are eligible to take the training. Leadership, boards and staff of stakeholder organizations are also welcome to take the training, which can be accessed at abed.respectgroupinc.com. For additional information or support, please contact Kylee Evans-O’Reilly, Director of Client Services at Respect Group Inc., at kevans‑oreilly@respectgroupinc.com or 403-861-1428.  

For information on promoting healthy relationships in schools, please visit alberta.ca/safe-and-caring-schools. Information on how to identify, prevent and respond to bullying in schools can be found at alberta.ca/bullying-prevention-for-educators.

The Bullying Helpline (1‑888‑456‑2323) is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and offers help in more than 170 languages. The Bullying Online Chat can be accessed at alberta.ca/bullying-find-supports. If staff, students or families require help or information regarding bullying or abuse, they can call trained staff at any time of day, or chat online from noon to 8:00 p.m. Online chats and calls to the helpline are anonymous.

I appreciate your support in raising awareness about healthy relationships and bullying prevention.

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