Bullying Prevention Plan 2020/2021


Bullying Prevention and Intervention Action Plan Template 2020 / 2021

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 1 WELL-BEING MEMBERSHIP 2020 / 2021

School: Central Public School

Principal or Vice Principal : Laura DiMatteo

Teacher: Susan Flynn, Danielle Vander Ploeg

Non-Teaching Staff: Amanda Bean (CYC)

Parent Community Partner Students WELL-BEING CONTACT PERSON (must be a staff member): Susan Flynn

Contact Email Address flynns@hdsb.ca


Types of bullying that exist in our school (as identified through school based data and information)

Verbal and Social: taunting, swearing, making fun of each other, teasing each other for not being good at a sport or activity; mimicking others, ignoring others, name calling, put downs, saying unkind things online and in person

Physical: grabbing, shoving, pushing, punching, kicking, destroying other students work/structures, violating personal space

School Bullying Prevention SMART Goal

By June 2021, the percentage of bullying reported to the office through SSIRs (Safe Schools Incident Reports), will be reduced based on data collected by Administration through online incident reporting.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Strategies/Curricular Connections/Activities (for whole school, and those students at risk of bullying behaviours)

Strategies & Resources to Promote Appropriate Student Behaviours and Inclusion:

● Morning Announcements: New online format with video greetings by students, as well as increased student participation/leadership; highlighting culturally significant days (e.g. October Islamic Heritage Month)

● Meaningful Curriculum Connections (school wide focus): authentically celebrating culture and traditions as they occur throughout the year to build a sense of inclusion (e.g. Orange Shirt Day)

● Targeted Intentional Conversations (school wide focus), prepared by Equity team, to promote discussions about gender, race, ability

● Developing Community: online talent show, online assemblies and presentations (school wide)

● Use of class meetings to provide staff and students with opportunities to voice concerns and problem solve solutions in a safe and caring environment (conflict resolution)

● Spirit Day/ Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week activities with focus areas on inclusion (Pink Shirt Days, Kindness Month, Caring)

● CYC Support for Classrooms to focus on Mindfulness & Self Regulation (Zones of Regulation, Kids Have Stress Too!, Minds Up Curriculum), and to help students develop their lagging skills and problem solving skills

● CYC Support for Collaborative Problem Solving

● Reminders and lessons in Primary Grades regarding Kelso’s Choices and what bullying means (looks like/sounds like) vs. “bothering”

Bullying Intervention and Support Strageties (for individuals who cause harm, are impacted by harm and are witness to harm)

● Safe Schools Social Worker Team referrals and programming support as required Bullying Intervention and Support Strategies (for individuals who cause harm, are impacted by harm and are witness to harm)

● Most staff are trained in CPS, and encouraged to use this approach when dealing with bullying intervention and to support students

● Staff use community circles in their classrooms and focus on collaborative group skills regularly to resolve conflicts and build a safe environment

● Altered Supervision Schedule / EA support during eating and outside portions of nutrition breaks to assist with monitoring, problem solving and feelings of safety

● School/ Board processes followed for referrals to CYC, School Team or community support involvement (e.g. ROCK, Nelson Youth, Caroline Families First, Medical)

● Regular communication with families of students who are harming others / harmed by others

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

● Many staff have received CPS training

● Core Staff have received BMS training, as well as student specific training

● Resources in community are shared with parents via weekly messaging, and through SERT and CYC 4

● Consultation with Equity department staff and resources to help update/train staff on appropriate ways to deal with all forms of bullying (inclusion, harmful/discriminatory language protocols)

● Consultation with and Support from CYC (Child and Youth Counsellor)

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Responsibilities for:

Staff:

● To respond to student needs in preventing and addressing bullying as it occurs within the school in a timely manner

● To complete a SSIR (Safe Schools Incident Report) to ensure situations are addressed appropriately and tracked

● To report and communicate with students, parents and administration

● Participate in Professional Development opportunities with regards to Wellness and Safe Schools

● To integrate wellness in classrooms to promote resilience, problem-solving, emotional regulations (e.g Minds UP, Zones of Regulation, Kids Have Stress Too!, Mindful Minute, Calm, CPS)

● Discussion of Safe Schools, Mental Health and School Culture at staff learning sessions

● Staff advocacy for our students who are most at-risk

● Differentiation strategies and ongoing assessments to improve student achievement and student engagement

● Build strong relationships with students and their families

Students:

● Use strategies that have been specifically taught (e.g. Kelso’s Choices)

● Use Zones of Regulation (identify zones, identify size of the problem and work through strategies)

● Participate in community/ classroom discussions to identify and discuss feelings

● Follow school rules regarding respectful behaviour

● To play an active role in Bullying Prevention among their peers (not a bystander)

● Treat one another with kindness and respect

● Include adults in problem solving when necessary

Parents:

● Assist students in advocating for themselves when faced with challenges

● Support school wide initiatives

● Engage and model respectful and positive interactions

● Monitor use of technology at home, especially social media accounts

● Inform the school if their child feels they are being bullied

Monitoring and Review Process/Timelines

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

❏ Staff Meeting (digitally shared)

❏ School Council Meeting

❏ Newsletter

❏ School Website (required)

❏ Other

Resources/Reference: Safe and Accepting Schools Policy

HDSB Admin Procedure Bullying Prevention and Intervention

HDSB Admin Procedure Positive School Climate

TTFM Survey

Safe Schools Social Workers

Public Health Nurses