All staff, students in grades 7 to 12, and parents/guardians have been asked to share their feedback on the School Resource Officer program in the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD).
The online survey sent on Monday, April 5 was built by Fadi Ennab, an Urban and Inner City Studies instructor at the University of Winnipeg, who has been hired to conduct an equity-based review of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program (police officers working in schools) in LRSD. Between the months of April and June 2021, Fadi will also engage with LRSD students, parents/guardians and staff through one-on-one interviews and focus groups.
“This review is an important step toward gaining a better understanding of the impact of the SRO program throughout the division,” said Louise Johnston, Chair, LRSD Board of Trustees. “We are hoping for responses from a variety of voices in our community as the results will shape recommendations on the future of the program in LRSD.”
The anonymous survey can be completed in three to five minutes and is compatible with translation software. It will remain open until April 19 and the final SRO report will be released to the public in the summer.
“Understanding the perspectives of our community is key to everything we do and something we value deeply in LRSD,” said Christian Michalik, Superintendent, LRSD. “My hope is that individuals who self-identify as Indigenous, Black, persons of colour, or belong to other equity-seeking groups* and who have had direct experience with the SRO will share their important feedback with us.”
*Equity-seeking groups are those from communities that face collective challenges based on race, economic status, gender, ability, etc. in participating in society.