Bullying Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention
Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (e.g., online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.
Staff are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them tools to respond and to stop it from happening as part of our awareness and prevention strategies.
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal, social, or occur through electronic (cyber) communication.
When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately. Bullying behaviour will be addressed using a progressive discipline approach with a range of interventions and consequences.
Bullying Prevention Program
Everyone at Loughborough Public School is committed to making our school a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. We will treat each other with respect and we will refuse to tolerate bullying in any form at our school. As stated above, bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal, social, or occur through electronic (cyber) communication.
Students prevent bullying by: • treating each other respectfully • refusing to bully others • refusing to let others be bullied • refusing to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied • trying to defuse bullying situations by telling the bully to “cool it” and stop • trying to include everyone in play, especially those who are often left out • support those being bullied with words of kindness • reporting bullying to an adult
Staff at our school will do the following to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at school: • report all students who exhibit a pattern of bullying behaviour • closely supervise students in all areas of the school and school grounds • watch for signs of bullying and stop it when it happens • respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports • take seriously parents’ concerns about bullying • look into all reported bullying incidents
• provide a safe environment for students who report bullying • provide programming within the classroom that assists students in developing the skills to prevent and cope with conflict and bullying situations (ie. Kelso’s Choices, etc.) • provide supports for students who exhibit bullying behaviour to learn alternate ways to interact socially or manage conflicts • provide supports for students who have been victims of bullying situations
Progressive Discipline The school encourages, supports and recognizes acceptable behaviour in our students through a variety of positive practices. Progressive discipline is an approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences, building upon strategies which promote positive behaviours.
We encourage students to take responsibility for their behaviour and to accept the consequences of their actions. A progressive discipline approach will be used to deal with inappropriate behaviour. This may include: oral reminders, review of expectations, contact with parent(s)/guardians(s), written reflection, volunteer services in the school community, conflict mediation and resolution, peer mentoring, and/or referral for support services.
We recognize that each student is a unique individual and that every situation that requires disciplinary action has its own set of extenuating circumstances. All factors that may have affected the student's behaviour will be considered before progressive discipline is applied. Students who behave inappropriately will receive a developmentally appropriate consequence. For a student with special education or disability-related needs, all progressive discipline approaches will be consistent with his or her Individual Education Plan and his or her demonstrated abilities.
Suspension and Expulsion As part of progressive discipline, the school may also use suspension and/or expulsion for serious incidents as outlined in the Limestone District School Board's Safe Schools Policy.
Before considering whether to impose a suspension or make a recommendation for an expulsion, a principal must consider mitigating and other factors.
A principal or vice principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate: · swearing (written or verbal) at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority · bullying · uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person · committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property · possessing alcohol or restricted drugs · being under the influence of alcohol or restricted drugs · committing any act considered by the principal to: < have a negative impact on the moral tone of the school < have a negative impact on the physical or emotional well-being of one or more school community members < be contrary to the school or
Limestone Board Codes of Conduct.
A principal shall suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity, or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate. For the following incidents the principal will suspend and will also consider recommending to the Board’s Discipline Committee that a student be expelled: • physically assaulting another person causing bodily harm that requires medical treatment • possessing a weapon or using a weapon to threaten or frighten another person • trafficking in restricted drugs or weapons • giving alcohol to a minor • committing robbery • committing sexual assault • bullying, if the student has been previously suspended for engaging in bullying and the student’s continuing presence in the school creates an unacceptable risk to the safety of
another person • any activity that a principal or vice principal shall consider for suspension that is motivated by bias, prejudice, or hate behaviour that: < is significantly detrimental to the school climate and/or to the physical or mental wellbeing of others, whether the incident occurred at school or outside of the school < causes extensive damage to school property < causes his/her continued presence at the school to pose an unacceptable risk to other members of the school community < a pattern of behaviour so inappropriate the student's continued presence is detrimental to the effective learning or working environment of others < demonstrates a persistent resistance to changes in behaviour that would enable him or her to be successful < is a serious violation of the school or the Limestone Board Codes of Conduct.
Tobacco Products, Alcohol, and Illegal Drugs The school recognizes the benefits of a tobacco-free environment to all persons. By law, smoking is not permitted at the school, on Board property, on school buses or while attending any school-related activity. School property includes cars that are on school grounds and all lands to the edge of the street.
Alcohol and restricted drugs may be addictive and represent a health hazard. Possessing, using, trafficking in, or providing others with restricted drugs and/or alcohol is illegal and is unacceptable at the school, on Limestone property or at any school-related event or activity at any time. Lighters and drug-related paraphernalia that can be used for substance abuse are not permitted on school property.
Weapons Possessing or displaying weapons of any kind, including real, toy or replica, and all other objects that could inflict or threaten bodily harm, including all types of knives, are not permitted at the school, on any Limestone Board property, or at any school-related event or activity at any time. Any weapon found will be confiscated, and potentially involve police contact, forfeiture of the item, and disciplinary consequences.
Dress Code The standards for dress at the school are based on common sense and are intended to support the comfort, safety and modesty of all students. There is a strong relationship between neat, clean and appropriate clothing and a positive learning environment.
Clothing should be free of any symbols or slogans which may be offensive to any member of the school community. Hats are not to be worn within the building (but are encouraged during outdoor activities). Appropriate dress for specific programmes/activities (i.e., proper shoes for physical education) is also required. During warmer weather we have needed to be more specific in helping students to determine the appropriateness of their dress at school. These are some guidelines to assist parents and students make decisions about whether or not their dress is appropriate for school. < Undergarments must not be visible < Straps on tops must be at least three finger widths wide. For reasons of sun-safety, students are encouraged to wear tops that cover the entire shoulder. < Midriffs must be covered < Shorts must be long enough so that when placing arms down at ones side,
shorts are below the fingertips.
Lockers and Desks Assigned lockers and/or desks are school property and should be kept clean and in good condition. The locker and/or desk are on loan to students, and the school has the right to access all lockers and withdraw locker privileges if necessary. The school has the right to access all desks and/or lockers. While in use, students are to keep lockers and/OR desks in good condition. When lockers are open, their contents are on display to everyone. For this reason, students are not to post pictures or slogans that are inappropriate or of bad taste. Students will be asked to remove such material should it be displayed and repeated offences will result in more serious consequences. Graffiti which is written or scratched into lockers or on desks are acts of vandalism and will be treated accordingly. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen goods.
Do not store valuables or money in desks or lockers.
Building Positive Places to Grow and Learn Together - What You Need to Know
As part of the Safe Schools requirements for schools and the amended Threat Assessment Protocols for the Limestone District School Board, this is information in a condensed form to give you an overview of the efforts made to provide the safe and inclusive education opportunities our students deserve. It is important for all students and parents to be aware of these school safety procedures.
All schools have established procedures for Shelter in Place, Hold & Secure, Lockdown, and Evacuation. Staff and students will be trained in how to implement the procedures. As with fire drills, lockdown drills will be held without the prior awareness of students and/or staff.
Threats to School Safety In order to facilitate common understanding among all community partners, school boards across Ontario, police services, Emergency Medical Services, and fire safety officials are using the following terminology:
· Shelter in Place - used for an environmental or weather-related situation where it is necessary to keep all occupants within the school (protecting them from an external situation) Examples: chemical spills, blackouts, explosions or extreme weather.
· Hold and Secure - used when it is desirable to secure the school due to an ongoing situation outside but not related to the school Example: Bank robbery occurring near a school but not on property. School functions normally with exterior doors locked until the situation is resolved.
· Lockdown - used only when there is a major incident or threat of school violence within the school. Overuse or misuse of this high level might result in not taking the lockdown seriously, so please note that two lockdown drills for each school year will occur.
· Evacuation - used in the event that students and staff must leave a school building due to some environmental concern in the school. Example: gas leak in the school or fire.
Students are permitted to use electronic equipment during instructional times only when deemed appropriate by the classroom teacher and for the purposes of learning. While using their devices students must be strictly supervised by an adult. Students who choose to bring their IPods, Nintendo DS, cell phones or other electronics must cooperate with the guidelines set out by the classroom teacher or risk losing the priveledge of bringing their devices. Bringing a home device is not necessary for success at LPS. We have many electronic devices available to students at LPS and when appropriate students can have access. Students are also reminded that the school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. We appreciate your understanding and support. Please note, these expectations may change as policies and procedures are reviewed.