Dr. Charles Best BPIA 2021
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Bullying Prevention and Intervention Action Plan Template 2021/ 2022
Providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and respectful society is a shared responsibility in which the board and our schools play an important role. Schools with bullying prevention and intervention strategies foster a positive learning and teaching environment that supports academic achievement for all students and that helps students reach their full potential. Bullying prevention and intervention strategies must be modeled by all members of the school community.
from HDSB Bullying Prevention and Intervention Administrative Procedure
Definition of Bullying
Bullying means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a student where,
a) the behaviour is intended, or the student ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have that effect of,
causing fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the person’s reputation or property, or
creating a negative environment at the school for another individual, and
b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education.
Bullying behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means. For the purposes of the definition of bullying, bullying by electronic means (commonly known as cyber-bullying), including, creating a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; communicating material electronically to more than one individual or posting material on a web-site that may be accessed by one or more individuals
from Accepting Schools Act 2012
2021 / 2022
Dr. Charles Best
Principal or Vice Principal
Lucie Harber, Jennifer Preston
Alaina Attard, Teresa Gagnon
WELL-BEING CONTACT PERSON
(must be a staff member)
Contact Email Address
Types of bullying that exist in our school
(as identified through school based data and information)
2020-2021 Have Your Say (93% Response Rate) indicate:
97% of students report sexualized bullying happens ‘not at all’.
91% of students report physical bullying happens ‘not at all’.
87% of students report cyber/electronic bullying happens ‘not at all’ (note this survey was conducted in a year where students were in virtual learning scenarios often due to the pandemic)
76% of students report verbal bullying (name-calling, hurtful teasing, humiliating or threatening someone, racial or sexist comments) happened ‘not at all’.
70% of students report social bullying (excluding others from the group, gossip or spreading rumours, setting others up to look foolish and damaging friendships) happened ‘not at all’.
However, 3% of respondents shared that this happens daily, 9% shared it happens every mat times per week, 6% shared it happens every week and 12% shared it happens once or twice in 4 weeks.
School Bullying Prevention SMART Goal
If we explicitly address, develop strategies to manage and rehearse the following concepts:
Empathy & Kindness
facilitated by our CYC in 3, 5-week cycles per year for 3 years, our students will express less frequent issues of verbal and social bullying in successive Have Your Say surveys.
This year’s focus is on Emotion Management and Problem Solving.
adding an additional Teacher supervisor to outdoor recess times,
integrating monthly character asset-based spirit walks,
engaging 2 guest speakers to reinforce the work we are doing focussed on verbal and social bullying,
And creating a Student Voice Ambassador group for grades 3,4 and 5,
70% of our students will highlight at least one of these proactive actions to combat bullying on the 2022 Have Your Say survey.
Bullying Prevention and Awareness Strategies/Curricular Connections/Activities
(for whole school, and those students at risk of bullying behaviours)
Second Step Social-Emotional Elementary Program
Halton Discriminatory and Harmful Language Protocol
Develop a functional understanding with the staff of restorative practices informed by CPS influences when required
Strategies to Promote Appropriate Student Behaviours and Inclusion:
Conflict Resolution Strategies:
Teach and use Conflict Corner in grade 5
Ensure impacted students are escorted to the office by ‘aggressor/instigator’ when concerning behaviour leads to needing to come to the office.
Facilitate restorative conversations with students that lead to relationship repair
Bullying Intervention and Support Strategies
(for individuals who cause harm, are impacted by harm and are witness to harm)
Responding to bullying will address the victim, the person(s) bullying and the bystanders who witness the bullying.
the affirmation of the incident will be through observations, interviewing all parties involved, actively engaging fellow staff members to intensify observations; online bullying reporting
re-assure victim that all measures will be taken to monitor their safety (including discussion of plans/measures with parents/guardians of the victim. Safety includes physical, psychological and emotional monitoring. Involvement of other school partners (e.g. CYC, Social Worker, Youth Settlement worker, community agencies). Promote engagement of student to other activities that provide support through peer activities
respond to the needs/concerns with the person bullying including working through self-regulation strategies, CPS strategies, restorative justice practices, progressive discipline measures that consider mitigating circumstances consistent with the expectations of Bill 212 (e.g. ongoing communication with parents, review of expectations, loss of privileges, recess and/or periods spent in office, suspension)
using a continuum of responses and supports to address inappropriate behaviour and promote positive behaviour. Involving the student with school personnel including guidance, CYC, other school workers to recognize the impact of their actions and steps they can take to alter their behaviour.
encourage bystanders to report bullying incident(s), seek the support of other peers to address the bully, provide comfort and involvement with the victim, speak out etc
communicate with appropriate parent/guardians for students of bullying and the student responsible for bullying, have conferences as appropriate to bring about change in behaviour
Training Resources and Outreach Strategies for Members of the School Staff, Parents and Community
Bullying Prevention and Awareness Responsibilities for:
Facilitate Second Step with assistance from the CYC,
Adopt a CPS mindset for processing challenging behaviour,
Engage in restorative justice practices to process conflict and repair relationships
Confront unwanted or unwelcome behaviour and use the HDSB Discriminatory and and Harmful Language Protocol
Respond to students (who initiate and/or receive bullying)
Communicate to parent(s)/guardian(s)
Refer to School Team and School Resource Team meeting
Refer incidents to Principal
Complete “Green Sheet” as appropriate
Provide effective adult supervision
use Second Step strategies
Engage in restorative conversations, voluntarily accompany impacted student to the office when hrm has been done
Demonstrate care and concern for others
Respond to bullying appropriately by saying stop, walking away and reporting it to an adult supervisor
Work to resolve conflicts peacefully
Respond to adult supervision appropriately including remaining in designated play areas and expectations for accessing the washroom
Monitoring and Review Process/Timelines
This plan has been shared with staff and parents via: (Underline)
Resources/Reference: Safe and Accepting Schools Policy
HDSB Admin Procedure Bullying Prevention and Intervention
HDSB Admin Procedure Positive School Climate
Safe Schools Social Workers
Public Health Nurses