Start Smart Stay Safe is a proactive, strengths-based model of teaching and learning where police, families and schools partner together to actively build positive relationships, create safe communities and prepare children for the challenges of our complex, changing world. It is a collaborative initiative between the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District.
Start Smarts Stay Safe brings police officers in the classroom to work with the teachers and engage the students in strengths-based lessons. Police encourage students to use their strengths and to continue to develop their skills to keep themselves and their communities safe. Lessons shared by police officers, teachers and families help children build strengths in the following areas:
• Using problem solving skills
• Making healthy choices
• Using respectful communication skills
• Building healthy relationships
• Being digitally safe
• Being safe at home, at school and in the community
• Serving others to build an inclusive, resilient community
Start Smart Stay Safe is open to any elementary school in Calgary within the Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School Districts. To find out if your school is a Start Smart Stay Safe school, simply contact the school’s administration. Should your school wish to become an Start Smart Stay Safe School, simply fill out the application.
For resources for families, schools and teachers as well as more information on Start Smart Stay Safe, please visit www.startsmartstaysafe.ca.