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Bullying Prevention Plan

SCHOOL:     Norwell DSS         DATE:  November 3, 2021    

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 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 Administrator:   F. Noventa   A. Martin

Equity Rep:   J. Frayne    

Teacher(s):   J. Fenton, B. Douglas    

Support Staff:         


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 (WHY) survey was or will be conducted in:  2018 

    7 % of students in grades 9-12,      1 % of parents, and     28 % of staff completed our most recent school climate survey.


Data from our most recent climate (WHY) survey indicated that:

     30 % of students surveyed  in grades 9-12 feel very safe at school.

     52 % of students surveyed in grades 9-12 identified that they have been bullied a few times at school over the last year.

     38 % of students  surveyed in grades 9-12 indicated that they told an adult about bullying that had occurred.

     60 % of staff who completed the survey indicated that when steps were taken to address specific incidents of bullying, the intervention was successful.


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 (WHY) survey.

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

  1. To increase awareness of equity challenges faced by individuals in our  school community  and to develop plans better address those challenges.     
  2. Create a joint school/community equity task force to look at local issues  
  3. To increase the response rate for our why survey to help establish a more clear picture of challenges faced  
  4. To increase the confidence level of safety and impact of reporting concerns.     



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. Continue to promote the use of the online reporting tool for students 
  2. To provide additional mechanisms for students, families and staff  to report bullying and equity concerns  
  3. Identify areas of systemic oppression/racism/sexism in school and establish goals/actions to address through our equity walk, student surveys, and class participation.  
  4. Inviting more virtual speakers and access to workshops to share stories and send messages.    
  5. Introduce training for restorative justice practices for staff and students. 


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: