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Bullying Prevention Plan

UPPER GRAND DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

School Bullying Prevention Plan and

Safe, Equitable and Inclusive School Strategy

SCHOOL:   Centre Wellington District High School  DATE:   September 2019 

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 behavior 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

School Administrators:  Chad Warren, Albert Boutin, Janine Grin

Equity Rep:    Stephanie Jones

Teacher(s):   Randi Jamieson, Rebecca Grimes, Alanah Sawatsky, Jaclyn Wilson, Billie Gitter, Jim Mason

Support Staff:   Kim Sonnet (CYC)

Student Rep:  Lia McGinnis

Parent:    Erika Longman

Community Partner:  Rhonda Watt

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

School Monitoring and Review Process

The Bullying Prevention and Inclusive School Plan was developed or reviewed by our Safe

School Committee On:  Tuesday, September 25, 2018

 

Our most recent School Climate Survey was conducted in: Winter 2018

 

59% of students in grades 9-12, 5% of parents, and 52% of staff members completed our most recent school climate survey.

 

Data from our most recent climate survey indicate that:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training Strategies for Staff and Members of the School Community

 

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

  Board professional development workshops

☑  Online training for new employees

☑  Staff meetings

☑  Provision of professional development materials and resources

☑  Other (please specify) School based Professional Development Days     

Parents/Community Communication and Outreach Strategies

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

Including our Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive Plan in our school/student handbook

Including information on the school website, online app and Twitter

Sharing information during school assemblies and announcements

Sharing information through bulletin board postings

Sharing information at School Council and other parent meetings

Sharing information at staff meetings

Integrating Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusion into classroom instruction

Posting our Bullying Prevention Plan and Safe, Equitable and Inclusive Schools strategy on our school website

Informing parents and school volunteers of our procedures for reporting incidents of bullying and inequity

Assisting parents to build awareness and knowledge so they may support our school Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive strategies

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.   Based on the 2018 climate survey, we will close the gap between student perception and teacher perception on how bullying issues are successfully resolved.
  2.   Based on the 2018 climate survey, we will work on engaging students by bringing current issues to the classroom by incorporating them into lessons.    
  3.   We will conduct a Staff Equity Walk to determine gaps.    
  4.   We will use the Equity School Planner.   
  5.   We will provide ongoing staff and student development on bullying and equity issues through classroom instruction and professional development. 

 

   

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.     C Dub Hub (Mental Health & Wellness Centre) and programming   
  2.    Mental Health Week (May)     
  3.   Curriculum Connections:  e.g. Health & Physical Education; Coop; Indigenous Studies; Civics   
  4.   Orange Shirt Day (September)   
  5.   GSA – various events and weekly meetings
  6.   Bullying Prevention Awareness Week (November)
  7.   Link Crew
  8.      Friendship Club
  9.      Partner School Programming
  10.      CW Eats
  11.      Japanese School Visit
  12.      Thanksgiving Food Drive
  13.      National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
  14.      Black History Month
  15.      Pink Shirt Day
  16.      Rainbow Conference
  17.      Pride Week
  18.      Ramadan and Diwali (April)
  19.      International Women’s Day (March 8)
  20.      Crazy Sock Day (to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day) – March 
  21.      School-Wide Special Olympics Pep Rally  

Bullying Prevention and Equity & Inclusive Responsibilities

Staff:

 

Students:

Parents:

 

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: 

 

Consequences are at the discretion of the Principal or Vice-Principal.  In the case of severe misbehavior, our format of progressive discipline consequences may be superseded.  As incidents arise, it is recognized that each situation is unique.  Mitigating circumstances will be considered for student age, frequency of incidents, nature and severity of incidents, student exceptionalities, extenuating circumstances, impact on the school climate.