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Bullying Prevention Plan


Bullying Prevention Plan &

Safe, Equitable and Inclusive School Strategy


SCHOOL:     Norwell DSS         DATE:  January 20, 2023 

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:  Francis Noventa and Adam Martin

Equity Rep:                Brayden Scott and Jennifer Frayne

Teacher(s):                Betty Douglas

Support Staff:             Amanda Hunt 

Student Rep: (when appropriate) Student Leadership Class  

Parent: N/A


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 10, 2022.

Our most recent school climate (WHY) survey was or will be conducted on: 2021-2022 school year 44% of students 106% of parents, and 24% of staff completed our most recent school climate survey.


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

81.7% of students feel safe at school

23.5% of students identified that they have been bullied at school or on the bus in the past year

100% 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 (WHY) survey.


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

  1. Increase awareness understanding of student expectations related to bullying prevention, harassment, discrimination and racism.
  2. Increase awareness of reporting procedures when individuals are faced with or witnessing bullying, harassment or racist behaviour
  3. Develop collaborative processes with the Grove to support community awareness and action on bully prevention, equity and inclusion initiatives.


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. In-class presentations to students outlining expectations and reporting processes
  2. Ongoing staff training related to anti-racism, discrimination and bullying prevention
  3. Continued work through the school Social Equity club, to raise awareness and support school based actions in relation equity, inclusion, anti-racism initiatives.
  4. Support staff training and student awareness for focused events , awareness and acknowledgement months that extend throughout the year and into school programming


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: