New rules aim to protect students

Youths who want to make a presentation to school trustees face new rules.

Young people who want to make a presentation to school trustees face new rules.

Presenters under the age of 19 who want to speak at a school board or standing committee meeting must now get permission from a parent or guardian.

Nanaimo school district students must also have the approval of their principal before permission will be granted and if the principal will not approve, students must seek approval of the superintendent.

The final decision on whether or not to hear the presentation will be made by the school board or committee chairperson.

Trustees also amended the Protection of Students policy to include requiring district employees to ensure student and family information is confidential unless disclosure is required by law and employees are not to “abuse or exploit students or minors for personal, sexual, material, ideological or other advantages.”

Trustee Dot Neary said the policy committee brought this forward because earlier this year, the private information of students was disclosed at a public board meeting and trustees hope the new rules will help prevent a recurrence of this situation.