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HAZEL McCALLION SENIOR SCHOOL

School-wide Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan 2011-2012

 

INDEX

 

1.                 DEFINITION OF BULLYING

2.                 PREVENTION STRATEGIES

3.                 INTERVENTION STRATEGIES/ROLES:

·         OF STUDENTS

·         OF CLASSROOM TEACHERS

·         OF COUNSELLOR

·         ADMINISTRATORS

·         PARENTS

4.                 COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH STRATEGIES

5.                 TRAINING STRATEGIES

6.                 MONITORING AND REVIEW PROCESS

 

 

1.  Definition of Bullying:

 

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour that is directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or

reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance (PPM 144).

 

Persons may attain on maintain power over others through real or perceived differences. Some areas of difference may be:

  • Size
  • Strength
  • Age
  • Intelligence
  • Economic status
  • Social status
  • Solidarity of peer group
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability
  • Need for special education
  • Sexual orientation
  • Family circumstances
  • Race
  • Gender

 

Bullying is a dynamic of unhealthy interaction that can take many forms. It can be:

 

  • Physical (e.g. hitting, pushing, tripping, etc.)

 

  • Verbal (e.g. name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments)
  • Social (e.g. excluding others from a group, spreading rumours or gossip)
  • And/or through the use of technology – cyberbullying (e.g. spreading rumours, images, or hurtful comments through the use of e-mail, cell phones, text messaging, Internet websites or other technology)

 

 

2.         Prevention Strategies

 

  • Use of student agenda to remind students of the school code of conduct, safe school policies and cyber-bullying guidelines
  • Student Leadership (Student Parliament, Leaders Inc., etc.)
  • Collection of books in the library promoting positive conduct
  • Community Service activities  (Terry Fox Run)
  • Student achievement
  • Presentations to students on bullying by Peel Regional Police
  • Teacher training
  • Student Awards
  • Student and Staff Recognition
  • Student presentations, assemblies and activities

 

 

3.  Intervention Strategies and Roles:

 

Role of Students:

  • Be aware of the school code of conduct
  • Inform an adult when bullying has occurred
  • Provide support to the victim when they witness bullying
  • Express disapproval of bullying by not joining the inappropriate behaviour
  • If it can be done safely, try to stop the bullying behavior

 

Role of Classroom Teachers:

  • Actively listen to all reports of bullying from students, colleagues and parents
  • Permit confidential reporting of bullying incidents
  • Keep records of bullying reports
  • Inform a member of the administrative team of incidents of reported bullying
  • Take immediate action when bullying is observed
  • Confront bullies in private
  • Notify the parents of both the victim and the bully when a classroom confrontation has occurred and outline the steps taken to resolve the conflict

 

Role of Guidance Counsellor:

  • Actively listen to all reports of bullying from students, teachers, and parents
  • Permit confidential reporting of bullying incidents
  • With the student’s permission, inform a member of the administrative team of incidents of reported bullying
  • Help students develop skills and strategies to respond to bullying behaviour with dignity and self-control

 

  • Impart upon students the need to stop bullying behaviour by helping them develop more self-awareness as well as empathy towards the feelings of others
  • When requested by an administrator, act as a mediator with students involved in bullying

 

Role of Administrators:

  • Actively listen to all reports of bullying from students, teachers, and parents
  • Permit confidential reporting of bullying incidents
  • Keep records of bullying reports
  • Respond in a timely manner to all reports of bullying
  • Examine prior history of students involved
  • Privately interview students and witnesses
  • Document information and seek parental input as needed
  • Inform parents/guardians of the outcome of incident investigations and the resolution
  • Implement progressive discipline strategies when dealing with incidents of bullying
  • Provide protection as needed to victims of bullying
  • Establish re-entry plan for students as needed
  • Monitor for repeated infractions

 

Role of Parents:

  • Be open to “both sides” when gathering information
  • Provide support to your child
  • Inform the school if you believe your child is being bullied or is a bully
  • Work collaboratively with the school to find acceptable solutions
  • Inform the police if your child has been threatened 
  • Meet with the school teacher or administrator
  • Teach your child to respond to the bully in an assertive manner but not to strike back of become aggressive
  • Be patient and help your child to develop positive friendships
  • Do not tolerate bullying behavior

 

 

4.  Communication and Outreach Strategies

 

  • School Website:

To be updated with information on bullying and links to resources on the Internet

  • Student Agenda:

The school code of conduct and the bullying prevention plan will be highlighted in the school agenda

  • The beginning of the school year assemblies will include details of the school bullying prevention plan
  • Parent Presentations/Information:

Presentations and information to be made available to parents at Parent/Teacher evening and or through School Council Meetings and Presentations

  • Grade 6 Orientation:

Presentation about bullying prevention plan to be integrated into information at Grade 6 orientation in the spring

·                                 Effective us of guidance counselor and Outreach Program

 

 

5.  Training Strategies for Members of the School Community

 

  • Anti-Bullying Assemblies for students
  • The Future We Want
  • Cyber bullying for students and Staff Peel Police
  • Equity Presentations to staff by Mary Samuels, Staff Development - Equity Officer
  • All staff have read the book, With All Due Respect by Ronald G. Morrish

 

 

6.  Monitoring and Review Process:

 

  • staff and student surveys
  • Climate for Learning and Working Action Team to review/update School-wide Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan every second year
  • review of Your Voice Counts Survey every second year
  • review of the School Code of Conduct and the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan every second year