Bullying Intervention and Prevention Plan

Date: 2021-2022

Evidence Analysis, Assessment, and Evaluation:

Note: Due to COVID-19, our available data is currently based upon previous school year data.

The data below is taken from the 2017-2018 Tell Them From Me School Climate Survey. 

Grades 4-6

  • 85% of students report a positive sense of belonging
  • 64% of students report feeling safe at school

Types of Bullying

  • 17% of students report physical bullying
  • 22% of students report verbal bullying▪ 21% of students report social bullying  
  • 3% of students report cyber bullying

Grade 7-8

85 % of students report a positive sense of belonging

70% of students report feeling safe at school

Types of Bullying

  • 8% of students report physical bullying
  • 15% of students report verbal bullying
  • 9% of students report social bullying  
  • 4% of students report cyber bullying

Education, Awareness and Outreach:  

        The Ministry of Education defines Bullying as:     

“…a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour 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.”  

Bullying can take different forms, including:   

  • Physical:  hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property    
  • Verbal:  name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist,  or homophobic, transphobic, and/or any derogatory or profane  comments    
  • Social:  excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them    
  • Electronic (cyberbullying):  spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging, gaming platforms and through social media 

Bullying of any type:   

  • adversely affects a student’s ability to learn;   
  • adversely affects healthy relationships and the learning environment for students, staff and community members;   
  • adversely affects a school’s ability to educate its students;   
  • adversely affects a school’s ability to provide an equitable and inclusive learning environment;   
  • will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (i.e. online/virtual space,  off school property, or outside the regular school day) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the learning environment.     

School Level Communication and Education

Throughout the school year we work with staff, students and families to promote a safe and inclusive learning environment.  

  • At the beginning of each term, we hold School Code of Conduct Expectations Presentations to review student expectations.
  • Each morning at the end of the announcements students are reminded to ‘keep our hands and feet ourselves, we respect one another in what we say and what we do and if you see someone who has no one to play with we always invite them to join in. Remember to treat everyone with Dignity, Kindness and Respect!’
  • Students in grade 4 participate in ‘Minds Up’ Program led by the classroom teacher and Child and Youth Councillor
  • Weekly updates regarding Equity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Discrimination are posted in the parent update
  • Monthly staff meetings include Equity and Inclusion Minutes for staff
  • The week of November 15th –19th was Bully Awareness Week. Students and staff participated in announcements and daily activities to identify and work through strategies to prevent bullying 

Policies and Procedures:

The HCDSB Policies and Procedures the relate to bullying prevention and intervention:

  • Policy No: II-27 Student Behaviour   
  • Policy No: II-39 Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools;   
  • Policy No: II-40 Bullying Prevention Intervention

St. Catherine of Alexandria School will communicate HCDSB Policies and Procedures by:

  • Including board policies and school expectations on our school website;
  • Sharing information during school assemblies and announcements;
  • Sharing information through bulletin board postings within the school;
  • Sharing information at staff and divisional meetings;
  • Integrating Bullying Prevention and Intervention, along with Equity & Inclusion into classroom instruction, always guided by Gospel values;
  • Informing students, parents, staff members and school volunteers of our procedures for reporting incidents of bullying and safe school incidents;
  • Sharing information with parents to assist them to build awareness and knowledge about bullying;
  • School board policies will be linked to the school website and made available for community reference;
  • The policies have also been shared on the school Teams site and reviewed with all staff members;
  • All staff members have been in-serviced on all guidelines, procedures and policies and have verified via their signature on a staff list;
  • The Code of Conduct is reviewed with students, and Catholic School Council is offered the opportunity to provide their input on the Code of Conduct each academic year;
  • Staff members are reminded consistently by administration that we are to model positive interactions for our students daily and that the safety well-being of each student is our collective responsibility;
  • Staff are aware that it is their professional responsibility to respond and report all incidents of inappropriate student behaviour and are aware that supports within the school (CYC, administration, parish clergy) are available to encourage a positive resolution to any incident;

Prevention:

St. Catherine of Alexandria School will identify and promote an understanding of how to promote healthy relationships using a variety of strategies; ways to make students aware of different types of bullying, including cyber bullying.  Through a whole school approach of a creating and supporting a positive school climate for student achievement and well-being along, some of the positive school climate initiatives implemented are.

  • Open communication between staff, students, and parents
  • Modeling equitable and inclusive behavior and language
  • Engagement of community supports / partners 
  • Equity Walk (Students and Staff Participation
  • Ongoing Communication with Parents via Weekly Update
  • Bullying Prevention Programs  (Zones of Regulation)
  • Code of Conduct assembly, agenda, announcements
  • On-going Staff Training 
  • Mentorship/Modeling
  • Align supervision with needs assessment 
  • School-wide Progressive Discipline Plan 
  • School Plan to address violence, harassment, and inappropriate behavior
  • Social Skills groups via CYC
  • Participation in days of observance such as Orange Shirt Day, Pink Day, CP Awareness Day, International Week of Persons with Disabilities, World Autism Awareness Day, and Catholic Education Week;

School staff welcome the opportunity to support students through additional clubs, teams, etc.  Our school’s commitment to bullying prevention and intervention is rooted in the Halton Catholic District School Board’s Tiered Model of Intervention, which focuses on building assets along with positive mental health and well-being.

Intervention and Support Strategies:

Students, parents, school staff and volunteers can use the following methods to report incidents of bullying as appropriate:

  • Safe Schools Incident Reporting Form; o Tell an adult in the building;
  • Parent / Teacher interviews, phone calls, agenda notes, etc.;
  • Make an appointment to meet with school staff;
  • Use of restorative practices 
  • Use of Progressive Discipline
  • Mandatory reporting from all staff 
  • Mandatory responding from staff that work directly with students
  • Behaviour and/or Safety plans where appropriate 
  • Implementation of the Responding with Faith, Hope and Love Document.

Should the need arise, the collaborative effort of classroom teacher, administration, CYC, SERT, student and parent/guardian will be utilized to identify and respond to a bullying situation when it happens.  To support students who may be demonstrating bullying behaviours, the school will focus on providing the student with opportunities to be successful, i.e. alternative recess, CYC support, student mentors, extra supervision, multi-disciplinary team, etc.  For the victim and bystanders, supports will be provided using the CYC to provide opportunities for a safe space where they can feel included and appreciated using strategies and social skills groups.  Staff will support victims and aggressors through throughout the process with next steps and goals that are unique, yet achievable for every student.

Monitoring and Review:

For the 2021-2022 school year, the Safe Schools team will meet to monitor and review the St. Catherine of Alexandria School Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan on:

  • October 4, 2021
  • January 10, 2022
  • April 4, 2022
  • June 6, 2022

We will monitor and review our progress based on the listed items below:

  • Staff, Catholic Council SPTL’s, Student Ambassadors, S.A.C
  • School Survey Data   (4-8) 
  • Safe School Incident data
  • Leaning Skills data
  • IEP Data
  • Administration logs

Safe and Schools Team Members: 

Mr. V. Monaco – Principal

Mrs. J. Foster – Vice-Principal

Ms. Zoppas – Teacher

Miss Strazdins – Teacher

Mrs. Z.M. – Teacher

Mrs. Lucic – Catholic School Council Chair

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