Bullying Prevention and Intervention Action Plan Template 2016 / 2017

Providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and respectful society is a shared responsibility in which the board and our schools play an important role. Schools with bullying prevention and intervention strategies foster a positive learning and teaching environment that supports academic achievement for all students and that helps students reach their full potential. Bullying prevention and intervention strategies must be modeled by all members of the school community.

from HDSB Bullying Prevention and Intervention Administrative Procedure

Definition of Bullying

Bullying means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a student where,

a)    the behaviour is intended, or the student ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have that effect of,

  • causing fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the person’s reputation or property, or

  • creating a negative environment at the school for another individual, and

b) the behaviour 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.

Bullying behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means. For the purposes of the definition of bullying, bullying by electronic means (commonly known as cyber-bullying), including, creating a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; communicating material electronically to more than one individual or posting material on a web-site that may be accessed by one or more individuals

From Accepting Schools Act 2012


2016 / 2017


J.M. Denyes

Principal or Vice Principal

Brian Van Wyngaarden


Shelley Felix

Non-Teaching Staff

Erinn Watson


Kerrie McAlister


(must be a staff member)

Brian Van Wyngaarden

Email address


Types of bullying that exist in our school

(as identified through school based data and information)





School Bullying Prevention SMART Goal

As a result of our “tell them from me” survey and our own “Tell them from me” survey (grades 1-3), students will identify small problems and ways to problem solve these problems using Kelso’s Choices, CPS and the Reflection room.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Strategies/Curricular Connections/Activities

(for whole school, and those students at risk of bullying behaviours)

  • assemblies/presentations re: bullying

  • Child and Youth Counsellor assisting with social and wellbeing strategies

  • Child and Youth Counsellor to assist with problem solving strategies in their classrooms and school community

  • Staff to address common definitions of ‘bullying’ using Looks Like, Feels Like and Sounds Like anchor charts.

  • Students in Junior grades volunteering in our Primary classrooms and building relationships

  • Social skills building programs such as “Kelso’s Choices” and 2nd Step to be delivered weekly in the classrooms

  • “Tribes” process at the centre of what we do and how we interact at J.M. Denyes

  • Monthly student recognition assembly

  • Community circles daily (to address feelings and behaviours)

  • Girls Inc. program for Grade 4-5 girls

  • Videos (the Model for Me series)

Bullying Intervention and Support Strategies

(for individuals who cause harm, are impacted by harm and are witness to harm)

  • Use small group support with guidance from our CYC.

  • Clear expectations for students based on the TRIBES process and social norms.

  • Use of Restorative Practices process, which we plan to learn and implement as a staff this year.

  • We have a clear and defined school definition of what bullying is.

  • We debrief students, staff and parents appropriately when issues of bullying occur

  • Core team has been developed to address the immediate need for intervention

Training Resources and Outreach Strategies for Members of the School Staff, Parents and Community

Staff: Continue to use Tribes process and the physical and health education curriculum to teach positive interactions and acceptance of differences (Appendix E). Discussions

with CYC to improve knowledge and strategies that will decrease bullying in schools. Build capacity within the students to advocate and let the adults know what is occurring. Build capacity within the teachers to recognize the signs of struggling students

Parents, Community Communication and Outreach Strategies: monthly newsletter items related to our school wide learning goals.  Communicate school’s on-line procedure for students to safely report incidents of bullying. Links to school website providing HDSB Acceptable User Guidelines.           

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Responsibilities for:

Staff: will report any cases of bullying and ongoing monitoring of needs through monthly ‘check in’ at staff meetings; daily community circles in the classroom to ‘check in’ with students.

Students: participate in physical and health education curriculum focusing on developing healthy relationships; recognition at monthly REACH/Oath assemblies; involvement of Gr. 5 lunch room monitors with Kindergarten students. Community circles that will build relationships with students and teachers to address concerns.

Parents: encourage and assist their child in following the school’s rules on inappropriate behaviours and keep their school safe and inclusive place; encourage and assist their child to attend school regularly and on time; will show an active interest in their child’s academic and social development; will communicate regularly with their child’s school

Monitoring and Review Process/Timelines

This plan has been shared with staff and parents via: (Underline)

X  Staff Meeting

X  School Council Meeting

X  Newsletter

X  School Website (required)

X  School Community events (occurring regularly)

Resources/Reference: Safe and Inclusive Schools Policy

                                  HDSB Admin Procedure Bullying Prevention and Intervention

                                  HDSB Admin Procedure Positive School Climate

                                  TTFM Survey

                                  Safe Schools Social Workers

                                Public Health Nurses