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Bullying Prevention Plan

SCHOOL: Centre Dufferin District High School                                   DATE: September 22, 2022

Everyone at our school is committed to making our school a safe, inclusive and equitable environment for all.  We treat each other with respect and we will refuse to tolerate inequities in any form at our school. We know that a “whole-school” approach where all stakeholders are involved in supporting our students helps create and maintain a positive school climate.

Definition of Bullying

“Bullying” means aggressive and typically repeated behavior by a student where,

  1. The behaviour is intended by the student to have the effect of, or the student ought to know that the behavior would be likely to have the effect of,
  1. The behavior occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the student 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 special education needs.

Bullying takes different forms of contexts with age.  It can be physical, verbal, social/emotional or through electronic means (cyber-bullying).  Bystanders contribute to bullying by doing nothing to prevent it or become actively involved in supporting it.

“Cyberbullying” includes electronic communication that:

Examples of Bullying

Safe Schools Committee

(Note: mandatory for all schools – an existing committee may assume this role)

School Administrator:   Stacey-Ann Dunkley

Equity Rep: Deb Walks

Teacher(s): Amanda Storey, Kristen Henry

Parent: Alethia O-Hara Stephenson 

The role of this committee should include but is not limited to the following:

School Monitoring and Review Process

This Bullying Prevention and Inclusive School Plan was developed or reviewed by our Safe School Committee on: 

Our most recent school climate survey was conducted on: February 2022

67% of students, 15# parents, and 28# staff completed our most recent school climate survey.

Data from our most recent climate survey indicated that:

77.8% of students feel safe at school.

20.7% of students identify that they have been bullied at school or on the bus in the past year.

32.5% of students indicated that they told an adult about bullying that had occurred.

Training Strategies for Staff and Members of the School Community

Members of our school community will receive Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive training through:

Parents/Community Communication and Outreach Strategies

We will communicate our Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive strategies and initiatives by:

Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive Strategies, Education Programs/Activities

Note:  Our Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive goal(s) are determined after analysis of the results of our school climate survey.

School Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive Goals(s):

  1. We will respond to acts of Bullying, Oppression or Discrimination.
  2. We will teach all students how to access & use the Bullying Tool.
  3. We will educate all students and staff about the lasting impacts of Bullying, Oppression and Discrimination.
  4. We will strive to create a school culture that is safe & inclusive for all CDDHS students.

Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive, Education Programs and Activities:

Our school currently implements or will implement the following bullying prevention and equity & inclusive education programs and activities that focus on developing healthy relationships and provide leadership opportunities for our students:

  1. Social Equity Club activities and meetings e.g. Day of Pink, Orange Shirt Day, Black Chapter, GSA & MSA Activities
  2. Student Council creating inclusive social events
  3. Women Empowerment group discussing gender rights, safety & inclusion
  4. Mental Health awareness activities organized by student group
  5. Encouraging and supporting teachers to become co-conspirators and to confidently respond to Bullying, Discrimination & Acts of Oppression.
  6. Disability Equity club is working to spread awareness about people who are neurodiverse and differently abled.

Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive Responsibilities




Intervention Strategies

Our staff will use the following process when bullying is reported:

Acknowledge the Incident / Affirm

Gather Information / Ask Questions

Assess Safety / Make a Plan

Act / Follow-up

Reporting Incidents of Bullying

Students, parents, school staff and volunteers may use the following methods to report incidents of bullying as appropriate:

Student to Student:

When responding to a bullying incident, our school staff uses a progressive discipline approach.  Use of Progressive Discipline supports a safe, inclusive and equitable learning and teaching environment in which every student can reach his or her full potential. Strategies may range from early intervention to more intensive intervention in cases of persistent bullying, with possible referral to board support personnel, community or social service agencies.

These may include but are not limited to: