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Bullying Prevention and Intervention Action Plan Template 2017 / 2018


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


SSAT MEMBERSHIP

2017/2018

School

J.M. Denyes

Principal or Vice Principal

Brian Van Wyngaarden

Teacher

Cherie English, Dayton Noble, Kourtney Massey, Lauren Marranca

Non-Teaching Staff

Lea Hilson

Parent

Kerrie McAlister



SSAT CONTACT PERSON

(must be a staff member)

Brian Van Wyngaarden

Email address

vanwyngaardenb@hdsb.ca


Types of bullying that exist in our school

(as identified through school based data and information)

verbal

physical

cyber

social




School Bullying Prevention SMART Goal

100% of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will feel safe at J.M. Denyes as measured by separate, staff created, student and staff questionnaires.


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 working with student groups on how to make and keep friends

  • Extra curricular involvement

  • Staff to address common definitions and for ‘feeling safe’ at school and ‘bullying’ using Looks Like, Feels Like and Sounds Like anchor charts.

  • Students in Junior grades volunteering in our Primary classrooms

  • Social skills building programs such as “Kelso’s Choices” and 2nd Step

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

  • Monthly student recognition assembly

  • Girls Club: program for Grade 5 girls

  • Grade 5 Leadership Team

  • Use of Community Circles on a regular basis by all classroom teachers


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.

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

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

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

  • Social skills building programs such as “Kelso’s Choices” and Second Step


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. CPS, Restorative Practices, Kelso’s Choices and Second Steps Training for staff.


Parents, Community Communication and Outreach Strategies: Monthly newsletter items related to our school wide learning goals; School Council Facebook Site, Synervoice. Use of our school website to communicate school’s on-line procedure for students to safely report incidents of bullying; school website link to 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; weekly 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 assemblies; involvement of Gr. 5 break time monitors with Kindergarten students.




Parents: encourage and assist their child in following the school’s behaviour code (available on school website and in student agenda) and keep their school safe and inclusive place; encourage and assist their child to attend school regularly and on time; show an active interest in their child’s academic and social development; communicate regularly with their child’s school.




Monitoring and Review Process/Timelines

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


  • Staff Meeting

  • School Council Meeting

  • Newsletter

  • School Website (required)

  • Other – School Community events





Resources/Reference: Safe and Inclusive Schools Policy

                                  HDSB Admin Procedure Bullying Prevention and Intervention

                                  HDSB Admin Procedure Positive School Climate

                                  Tell Them From Me Survey

                                  Safe Schools Social Worker

                                Public Health Nurse

                                  Child & Youth Counsellor