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
Principal or Vice Principal
Brian Van Wyngaarden
SSAT CONTACT PERSON
(must be a staff member)
Brian Van Wyngaarden
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 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
Safe Schools Social Workers
Public Health Nurses