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ANTI-BULLYING PLAN
Riverside Public School

DEFINITION:

Bullying is physical or psychological actions by an individual or a group that are aimed at hurting or intimidating another individual or group. It is sometimes called harassment.

PURPOSE:

In the belief that Peel DSB Schools provide a safe and supportive learning environment we endeavor to 

Promote the right of all students of the school, working within the school, to have an environment free from bullying and harassment

Eliminate bullying and harassment

A.     Student Behavioral Expectations:

At Riverside it is intolerable for a student or group of students to:

Bully or harass any student or group of students

Bully or harass any visitors to the school premises

To request, instruct, induce, encourage, authorize or assist another to bully or harass

B. Consequences and Appropriate Remedial Actions for a Person Who Commits an Act of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying:

Riverside will consider the following factors when deciding on a consequence for students who commit acts of bullying and/or harassment: The developmental and maturity levels of the parties involved, the levels of harm, the reasons surrounding the incident, the nature of the behaviors, the context in which the alleged incidents occurred, and past history of the parties involved. A determination of which consequence will be imposed will only be made after all of the facts and surrounding circumstances are taken into consideration.  

Consequences and appropriate remedial action may be one or more of the following: 

Students reported for a first incidence will be counseled and their name placed on record in an anti-bullying book.

Students reported for a second incidence will be counseled, given detention of up to one recess and/or lunchtime and have their parents notified.

Students reported for a third incidence will be assigned a half day in-school informal suspension and a mandatory meeting will be arranged with the parent or guardian. 

Severe breaches of the anti-bullying policy will result in further disciplinary action and a referral to outside support agencies and parental tips on remediation at home will be provided. 

For Bystanders:

The school administrators and/or school counselor will interview all bystanders for the purpose of collecting important witness information.

C.     Support Plan for Targets of Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying:

Riverside is committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment for our students. We conduct a year long classroom guidance program for all students utilizing THE VIRTUES PROJECT.  Riverside staff have been providing prevention and intervention strategies to create a safe bully free classroom and school environment. The principal and staff can provide educational material and moral support to the victim and his/her parents. Proactive positive behaviour reinforcement programs such as the PALS program and various intramural clubs are but some of the initiatives.  The school website offers students and parents a variety of anti-bullying strategies and supports.

 

D.    Reporting Procedures for Staff and Students:

 

Riverside staff members will follow the guidelines for reporting incidents of bullying according to the Ministry of Education’s Policy under Bill 157 and Peel Board Procedures.

Key points of Bill 157 are as follows:

      All employees of the board are required to report serious student incidents
 that could lead to suspension or expulsion to the principal

      Principals are required to notify parents of students who are victims of such
 incidents unless, in the principal’s opinion, notification of the parents would
 put the student at risk of harm from the parents. 

      Where the parents are not notified, boards must have procedures in place
  outlining how schools will support these students and principals must refer
  these students to a community agency that can provide the appropriate
  support.

      Board employees who work directly with students-including but not limited to,
  teachers, and non-teaching staff-are required to respond to incidents that
  may have a negative impact on school climate.

      Principals may delegate their duties, powers and functions under Part XIII of
 the Education Act.

The legislation means that all staff members are responsible for receiving complaints bullying and must respond to them. All employees are required to report alleged violations of the anti-bullying policy to the school administration. All other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers and visitors are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy. Reports may be made anonymously, but disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report. Ministry of Education and Peel DSB policy will be followed around required reporting to families.

E.     Investigation Procedures:

The Principal is responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of this policy. Therefore, the administrator will conduct an immediate, thorough and complete investigation of the alleged incident.

F. Prohibition of Reprisal or Retaliation and Consequences and Appropriate Remediation for a Person Who Engages in Similar Behaviour:

Riverside Public School prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation will be determined by the administrator after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, in

accordance with Ministry of Education as well as Peel District School Board’s policies and procedures.

G. Consequences and Appropriate Remedial Action for a Person Found to Have Falsely Accused Another As a Means of Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying:

Students reported who have been found to have falsely accused another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying, will be counseled, given positive behavioural strategies and may receive a consequence or remedial action.

H. Establishment of Bullying Prevention Training Programs:

Riverside will continue to provide assemblies, performances, small group lessons and school wide Character Trait initiatives as a proactive step to counter bullying. Our school

Behavioural TA and social worker will continue to provide material and lessons on bullying, tolerance and relationships to students in support of the school curriculum delivered by our teachers.  Our school website will offer resources and communication about our anti-bullying strategies. 

I.       Strategy for Dissemination of School Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment Plan:

 Riverside’s Newsletter and Website will be a vehicle to convey our policy and strategies to our community.

J.      Proactive/Prevention Strategies in Detail

Riverside’s will recognize positive character attributes through our monthly sharing assemblies. Our playground supervision and PALS activities will positively engage and monitor student behavior during unstructured play time.  Peer Awareness training by board support staff will help students understand differences in a positive light.  Guest speakers will be invited for both students and parents to educate and support all in positive actions. Individual behavior plans will be developed for AT-RISK (i.e. repeated behaviours of concern) students. Student leadership opportunities will be offered regularly.  Social Skills program run by our BTA will be offered. The curriculum will be used to support anti-bullying (i.e. music, drama and art). Weekly “Character” stories read will be featured over announcements with follow-up discussions in class highlighting positive character attributes. Vibrant lunchtime activity options to counter boredom and anti-social behavior will be available for students.

 

Helpful Weblinks:

Anti-Bullying Network

Website with useful resources for students and helpful information for parents

http://www.antibullying.net

 

Bullying Org

This website offers a student anti-bullying game and additional resources

http://www.bullying.org/

 

Bullying Canada

Website defines bullying.  Site includes poems and stories as well as other helpful resources.

http://www.bullyingcanada.ca/

 

Pink Shirt Day / Anti-bulling campaign

Feb 23, 2011 Day to visually recognize support for others who are bullied.  Interesting news articles and resources.

http://www.pinkshirtday.ca/

 

Stop a Bully

STOP A BULLY is a safe Bullying Reporting Program, allowing any student in Canada to report bullying to school officials, without any risk of becoming a target themselves. 

http://www.stopabully.ca/

 

PBS Anti-Bullying

Public Broadcastings anti-bullying web link.

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/bullies/

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

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