School Boards have policies on bullying and how bullying within the schools and within the Board are handled.
- Bullying shall not be tolerated on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses or in any other circumstance (e.g. online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board recognizes the importance of healthy relationships and a positive school climate to create a safe and caring environment. Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstance (e.g. on-line), where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate, or adversely affects a students ability to learn.
Students can be suspended for an occurrence that happens off school property (even on a weekend) if it affects the school climate.
Several programs are available in different schools to support appropriate social skills and bullying prevention and intervention such as:
- Roots of Empathy
- Restorative Justice
- Second Step
- It’s a Girl’s World
- Coping with Conflict at School
Each school has different programs. Talk to your child’s school to find out what programs are available.
School Board Protocol
Upon learning about an alleged incident of bullying behaviour, the school principal or designate shall contact the parents/guardians of both the alleged aggressor and the victim, interview both students and thoroughly investigate the situation. The investigation may include interview with students, staff and parents/guardians, review of school records and involvement of the Board’s Student Services Department. Depending on the results of the investigation, community legal, medical and social services agencies may become involved.
Consequences for students who bully others shall depend on the results of the investigation as well as the guidelines provided by the Code of Student Conduct. In all cases, the outcome will be guided by the principle of progressive discipline.
Appropriate counseling for victims and bullies as well as for students who have been affected by observing bullying shall be arranged through the Board’s Student Services Department.
Enforcing School Board policy is not the responsibility of the Police. If you have any questions relating to Safe Schools School Board Policy, please contact your child’s school, or the Board.
Consequences are confidential. If the bully is disciplined, parents of the victim are not allowed to be made aware by the school.
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