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Bullying Prevention Plan

SCHOOL: Erin District High School                                          DATE: November 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 behaviour 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 behaviour would be likely to have the effect of,
  1. The behaviour 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: Stephen Gayfer, Lynne Vink

Equity Rep: Cassandra Mota

Teacher(s): Ross Watson, Kendra Spira, Adam Teeter, Beth Paterson

Support Staff: Kelly Dilje, Alicia McCay

Student Rep:  (when appropriate) TBD

Parent: Jennifer Edwards

Community Partner:  (if possible) Cst. Bob Bortolato

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: November 2019

The response rate was as follows:

44% for Students down from 56% in 2016

3% for Parents up from 2% in 2016

42% for Staff up from 38% in 2016

Data from our most recent climate survey indicated that:

49% of students in grade 9-12 feel somewhat safe, and 43% feel very safe at school.

24% of students in grades 9-12 identified that they have been bullied a few times, 5% reported being bullied often, and 0% reported being bullied almost every day.

35% of students in grades 9-12 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. Increase reporting of students feeling of safety by 3%.
  2. Increase regular communication to parents by various forms of communication.
  3. Continue our focus on Mental Health
  4. Increased advocacy for students with IEP’s and renewed emphasis on students with IEP’s for mental health reasons.
  5. Increased engagement of parents on school council. Regular attendance to increase by 10%

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. Raiders Retreat for students under stress/duress.
  2. Continued use of LINK crew.
  3. Emphasis on bullying reporting tool on Website.
  4. Motivational assemblies each September.
  5. Use of IST to monitor at-risk students.
  6. Grade 9 camp and activities.
  7. Increased connection with student government on safe schools committee.
  8. Encourage and support GSA group and activities. Staff representation included.

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.