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What is a Behaviour of Concern?

A behaviour of concern is any behaviour shown through a student’s appearance or verbal or written communication that is worrisome to others around him or her. Some examples include:

  • Behaviours that regularly interfere with classroom environment or management
  • Notable changes in behaviour or appearance
  • Overly-aggressive behaviour toward others; inability to set limits or re-direct focus
  • Inappropriate, strange, or unusual behaviours
  • Overreaction to situations
  • Written or verbal statements endorsing violence; unusual interest in violence
  • Written or verbal threats, direct or indirect (to self or others)
  • Anger management problems
  • Appearance of being overly nervous, tense, or tearful
  • Expressions of suicidal thoughts or feelings of hopelessness

What should I do if I am concerned about the behaviour of a student?