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Bullying Prevention Plan

SCHOOL: WESTSIDE                                                               DATE: September 2017

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 pupil where,

  1. The behavior is intended by the pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil 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 pupil 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 the receipt of special education; (intimidation)

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: De Wilson/Ian Main
Equity Rep: Shannon Cranwell/Sarah Fisher
Teacher(s): Sylvia Hahn/Todd Lawler
Support Staff: Linda Lipka
Community Partner:  (if possible) Constable Scott Davies

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: September 20, 2017

Our most recent school climate survey was or will be conducted on: May 2015-2016 school year

Data from our most recent climate survey indicated that:

45%very much feel safe, 45% somewhat feel safe; 28% bullied a few times, 7% bullied

often; 31% tell/report bullying ; 44% like or love school; 66% education is important; 37% participated in extra curriculars;

27% feel very supported; 74% have at least one good friend; 68% feel happy; greatest concerns focus/achievement

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. Promote this document and policies for gender equity with staff (through staff handbook)
  2. Create a handout to review equity policies in particular, gender equity, with staff
  3. Promote gender equity discussions with students to help staff communicate and identify students
  4. Include an insert about gender equity in parent newsletter going home in November 2016
  5. Encourage student union focus on awareness of aboriginal issues

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 have Aborginal day in June and invite elders
  2. Assembly during Anti-Bullying week
  3. Police officer to present to parents and work with school council
  4. Spread awareness of gender neutral washrooms and changeroom
  5. Continue to promote and support the GSA
  6. Continue to promote and support the Link Crew and their initiatives with grade 9’s
  7. Hold diversity walk in the spring

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:

When responding to a bullying incident, our school staff uses a progressive discipline approach.  Use of Progressive Discipline supports a safe, inclusive and accepting 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.

Bullying Prevention Plan