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BULLYING PREVENTION & INTERVENTION Policy and program Memorandum No. 144- (PPM) ES112: Safety in schools By: Sabrina Neil

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If you call someone fat it doesn’t make you skinnier. If you call someone stupid it doesn’t make you smarter. 1 in 7 kids in grades JK- 12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. INTRODUCTION Policy Program Memorandum No. 144 – Bullying Prevention and Intervention Information that must be disclosed and the guidelines to reporting, preventing, and intervening.

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Purpose of this PPM … To provide direction to school boards: required revisions to existing policies guidelines having to do with bullying prevention and interventions. PURPOSE ***Outline the components that must be incorporated as part of each boards bullying prevention and intervention policy .***

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Board policies must include the following statements: Bullying affects a student’s ability to learn. Bullying affects the school climate H ealthy relationships Bullying will not be accepted on school property A t school related activities O n school buses I n any other circumstances POLICY STATEMENTS…

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M ust include a definition of bullying within their policies. M ust be the definition outlined in subsection #1 of the Education Act. “Bullying means aggressive behavior, and typically repeated behavior by a pupil.” C ertain criteria that help define bullying more in depth. THE DEFINITION OF BULLYING

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Policies must include a comprehensive prevention and awareness strategy that include : E xpectations for appropriate student behavior T eaching strategies to support school wide prevention policies Focus on developing skills for healthy relationships P rovided opportunities for students to participate in bullying prevention within their school Must conduct anonymous surveys of students, staff, or parents at least once every two years Students are not required to participate Surveys raise awareness to the board PREVENTION & AWARENESS RAISING **** surveys ensure that policies are still being effective ****

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Required under the Education A ct to provide programs, interventions, and other support to all students Victims Bystanders Bullies PROVIDING SUPPORTS These programs may be provided by: Social Workers Psychologists Other Professionals Supports should be curriculum linked. Follow a progressive discipline approach . Can include: school-based employees of the board community- based service providers

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PROVIDING SUPPORTS A range of supports should be provided: Early prevention More intense intervention May be ongoing. Students with Special needs Consequences must be consistent with: Needs Strengths The goals of their Individual Educational Plan

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Staff working directly with students must respond to: A ny student behavior that is likely to have a negative impact on the school climate. Disrespectful behavior anytime at school A ny school-related event. respond only if it is safe to do so . PROVIDING SUPPORTS Safe reporting procedures for students – define the roles and responsibilities of school staff.

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NOTIFYING PARENTS Parents of : Students who have been harmed Students who have engaged in the incident Disclosed information includes: Nature of the activity Nature of harm Steps taken to protect students Response to the situation

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REPORTING TO THE PRINCIPAL Ensures that the principal is aware of any activities that are going on within the school Employees of the board must: Report to the principal as soon a reasonably possible- no later than the end of the day Consider the safety of others and the urgency of the incident Verbal reports can be made if the situation requires immediate action

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES Required to establish annual professional development programs to educate teachers and other school staff about: Bullying prevention Strategies for promoting a positive school climate Strategies must respond to all forms of bullying Resources may be available to all adults that come into direct contact with students – (bus drivers, volunteers)

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COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH STRATEGIES Support a whole school approach Actively communicate guidelines to all staff Principals Teachers Students Parents Special Education Advisory Committee School councils School bus drivers

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MONITOR AND REVIEW Schools must have in place a Safe & Excepting Schools Team Provides a positive school climate

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FORMS Guidelines must be provided on how to complete the Safe Schools Incident Reporting Form – Part 1. Six components School name Name of students involved Location of incident Time of incident/ Date Type of incident Report submitted by- name/role/signature/date/ Contact information Principal use only- Was this a violent incident? Safe Schools Reporting Form Part 2 Is an acknowledgement of receipt of report Shows what will happen following the incident

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RELATING TO AN ESP This information is relevant to the role of an ESP It is important to know what to do in a situation It gives us structure within the school We know who to report to We can help create a positive school climate Keeps students safe

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WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN? This memorandum replaces PPM No. 144 from October 19 th 2009 The date of issue is December 5 th 2012 The PPM came into effect to: Provide and opportunity for students to develop in a safe, inclusive, and accepting climate Foster a positive learning and teaching environment Support academic achievement Help students reach their full potential

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http://shrewsbury.net/wp content/uploads/2010/10/antibullying.jp http://cyberbullyingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/LOLBulllies.jpg http://nierocks.areavoices.com/files/2010/10/survey.jpg REFERENCES http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/ppm.html http://www.storyboardthat.com/articles/education/ school-bullying

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