We recognize that bullying and discrimination affect a student's sense of safety, security and belonging at school.
Parents and students are encouraged to report incidents of bullying and acts of discrimination as soon as they happen.
Bullying is defined as typically a form of repeated, persistent and agressive 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.
Students may attain or maintain power over others in the school through real or perceived differences. Some areas of differences 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, gender and race.
Discrimination is an action or a decision that treats a person or group badly for reasons suchs as their race, age or disability. These reasons, also called grounds, are protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
The Ontario Rights Code prohibits actions that discriminate against people based on the following grounds:
- Ancestry, colour, race
- Ethnic origin
- Place of origin
- Creed (such as religion)
- Family status
- Marital status (including single status)
- Gender identity, gender expression
- Receipt of public housing assistance
- Record of offences (in employment only)
- Sex (including pregency and breatfeeding)
- Sexual orientation
Ideally, students or parents should contact their teacher and school principal to report and resolve the incident first. However, we recognize that some people may not feel comfortable reporting bullying and discrimination directly to their school staff. To help ease this anxiey, students and parents are welcome to use the Report It form below. The information provided will be forwarded to the appropriate school principal for action. You may report an incident anonymously if you wish, but we do need to know where and when the incident took place, in order to respond to the situation.
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