Employment Standards, Human Rights & Sexual Harassment
In-School Reflective Sessions
Once a month the Co-op students will return to school for COMPULSORY classes where on-the-job experiences will be shared and problems discussed. They will have a chance to analyze and learn from their own and their Co-op classmates' experiences. Detailed instructions about the assignments will also be given during these sessions.
Topics covered are:
- Employer Evaluation Expectations
- Application Forms, Resumes, Application Letters & Interviewing Techniques
- First Aid
- Training Station Report
- Career Investigation
- Co-op Course Evaluations
Transportation to and from your placement is your responsibility, just the same as if you were earning your credits at school.
The Durham Board of Education provides Workers' Compensation to protect you if you are injured on the job, but the insurance does not apply while you are traveling to and from your placement. You are liable for any injury or accident that occurs in transit.
Workers' Safety Insurance Board (WSIB)
School boards must ensure every student enrolled in a work education program (Co-operative Education) is covered by the Workplace Safety Insurance Board when he/she is at a training station in the community, except for teacher assistants and the high performance athlete students.
All students must complete a Work Education Agreement form before the first day of work in order to guarantee coverage. All accidents must be reported immediately to the work supervisor and the Co-op teacher monitor.
Workers' Safetey Insurance Board Coverage
It is the policy of The Durham Board of Education that students in the Co-operative Education program not be paid for Co-op hours. The student is deemed to be an employee of the Ministry of Education and Workers' Safety Insurance Board coverage is supplied by the Ministry.
When money is received, Workers' Safety Insurance is no longer in effect, except for honoraria, stipends, and expense allowances which do not interfere with permanent employee status.
Students are covered during the time they spend under the supervision of a training station supervisor according to the hours recorded on the W.E.A. form.
The Workers' Safety Insurance Board does not cover traveling to and from the training station
Students working as teacher assistants in a classroom under the direct supervision of a teacher, are not covered by the Workers' Safety Insurance Board. Insurance coverage for such students is provided by The Durham Board of Education through the Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange.
Completing the Work Education Agreement
Students are not allowed to participate in any program without a completed Work Education Agreement on file at the Durham Board of Education office.
Signatures of the Parties to the Agreement
All parties must sign prior to the student starting work. A student cannot participate without the signature of a parent or legal guardian. A parental signature is not legally required if the student is 18 or over, but it is strongly recommended. The training organization's signature should be that of the student's supervisor.
Motor Vehicle Insurance
All individuals who use their vehicle or vehicles of others to provide transportation for themselves and/or others to travel in connection with the Durham Board of Education Co-operative Program shall do so at their own personal risk.
It is a car owner's responsibility, whether that car owner be a parent, a student, or an employer, to be sure adequate personal liability and property damage insurance coverage exists before the vehicle is used.
Co-operative Education students should not be required to drive a company vehicle as part of the Co-operative Education Training Program. If a training station supervisor chooses to request a student to operate a company motor vehicle, the training station assumes the associated risk and the training station's insurance coverage is primary. This should be included on the training plan