Prevention

A positive learning environment will help to reduce possible bullying, harassment, and discrimination incidents. Schools will take the following steps to strengthen prevention measures: 

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the school’s Safe, Caring and Restorative School Team and communicate that information to the school community.
  • Identify bullying prevention and intervention programs or activities that are based on evidence and designed to address the needs identified by the board or a school. These initiatives should apply to:
    • individual student level
    • classroom level
    • school level
    • board level
    • parent/guardian/community level
  • Identify relationship building and community building programs that are present in the school, classroom and larger community.
  • Identify and support:
    • activities that promote a positive school climate
    • training for school staff
    • awareness raising strategies for students: e.g., social emotional learning, empathy, developing self-regulation skills
    • awareness raising and communication strategies to engage community partners and parents in early and ongoing dialogue
    • ways to link anti-bullying initiatives to curriculum and day-to-day learning
    • caring adults and student leaders within the school and school community who can serve as effective role models.
  • “Check in” regularly with students at risk of engaging in bullying, and those who have witnessed or been affected by bullying.
  • Provide opportunities for teachers to develop effective classroom management strategies, using progressive discipline.
  • Establish and maintain respectful and caring classrooms; e.g., model equitable and inclusive behaviour and language.
  • Focus supervision of students on where and when bullying happens, as identified through climate surveys.