Board Policies

Whistle-Blower Protection

Policy 20

The Board is committed to acting with integrity and to ethical behaviour in all matters. To that end, the Board will help to foster and maintain an environment where employees can act appropriately, without any fear of reprisal. Further, the Board strongly encourages employees to seek counsel from supervisors whenever they are in doubt about the best and ethical course of action in a particular situation.

Guidelines

1. The Superintendent is the “chief officer” of the District as stipulated in the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Regulation.

2. The Superintendent must develop an Administrative Procedure to operationalize the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act and Regulation throughout the District.

2.1. The intent of the Administrative Procedures must reinforce the duty of every staff member to report genuine concerns of any wrongdoings as defined in the Act that involve:

2.1.1. A contravention of an Act of Alberta or Canada or the Regulations related to those acts, or

2.1.2. An act or omission that creates:

2.1.2.1. Substantial and specific danger to the life, health or safety of individuals other than a danger that is inherent in the performance of the duties of functions of an employee, or

2.1.2.2. Substantial and specific danger to the environment, or

2.1.2.3. Gross mismanagement of public funds or a public asset, or

2.1.2.4. Knowingly directing or counseling an individual to commit one of the wrongdoings listed above.

2.2. Day-to-day workplace issues that fall short of “wrongdoings” are to be dealt with using existing Division policies and practices.

2.3. The Administrative Procedure must provide assurance that any concerns expressed will be investigated thoroughly and that staff members raising concerns reasonably and responsibly will not be penalized in any way.

2.4. Further, the Administrative Procedure must make provision for the reporting of concerns to the Board Chair in the event circumstances prevent a disclosure to the Superintendent, or to Vice Chair in the event circumstances prevent a disclosure to the Board Chair, or to the ViceChair in the event that circumstances prevent a disclosure to the Board Chair.


Approved:

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Date Approved: November, 2013

Reference:
School Act: 60, 61, 65, 113
Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act
Public Interest Disclosure Regulation 7/2013

Cross-Reference:
Board Policy: 3-6, 12
Admin Procedure: 403

Reviewed or Revised:
March, 2017