The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities (SACSC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage home, school and community practices that teach, model and reinforce socially responsible and respectful behaviours so that living and learning can take place in a safe, caring and inclusive environment. Achieving this mission requires the involvement not only of parents, teachers, and children but of all the important adults in children’s lives.
SACSC evolved from a project that the ATA embarked on in April 1996 with a grant from the minister of education's Safe and Caring Schools Initiative. Entitled Safe and Caring Schools (SACS), this ATA project became a comprehensive social development, violence-prevention and character-education initiative designed to encourage socially responsible and respectful behaviour. The SACS project collaborated with numerous community agencies and organizations that were represented on its steering committee. In 2003 the steering committee decided to apply for charitable status from Canada Customs and Revenue and to form the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities.
The Alberta Teachers’ Association participates in the society through its Healthy Interactions program.
More information about SACSC and the programs it offers is available on the SASCS website.