The School Act defines bullying as "repeated and hostile or demeaning behavior by an individual in the school community where the behavior is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community, including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation."
At Our Lady of the Prairies students will:
• refrain from, report and refuse to tolerate bullying or bullying behavior, even if it happens outside of the school or school hours or electronically;
• inform an adult you trust in a timely manner of incidents of bullying, harassment, intimidation or other safety concerns in the school
Students may report bullying by:
• telling a parent or guardian
• telling an adult at the school
• emailing the principal through the school website
• calling the Kids’ Help Line:
Students will be held accountable for conduct that occurs within and outside of the school day, including the inappropriate use of social media and electronics.
Examples of unacceptable behaviors may include:
• behaviors that interfere with the learning of others
• behaviors that interfere with the school environment or that create unsafe conditions
• acts of bullying, harassment or intimidation
• physical violence
• retribution against any person in the school who has intervened to prevent or report bullying or any other incident or safety concern
• illegal activities such as:
- possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances
- possession or use of weapons
- theft or damage to property
Consequences for unacceptable behavior take into account age, maturity and individual circumstances. Any special needs that the student has – whether they are physical, behavioral, communicational, mental health, trauma, etc. – are considered.
Consequences may include:
• restorative processes
• regular check-ins with teachers or EBS
• parent conferences
• student reflection
• behavioral contracts
• review of privileges
• bus suspensions
• in and out of school suspensions
• recommendations for expulsion
A severe breach of conduct will result in a suspension in accordance with Section 12 of the School Act.
A continuum of supports may be provided to students who are impacted by inappropriate behavior as well as for students who engage in inappropriate behavior.
These may include:
• YMCA Alternative Suspension Program
• Wrap-around services including Multidisciplinary Team (behavioral therapists, etc.), Inclusive Support Team (Family School Liaison Worker, etc.), Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (Mental Health Therapists, etc.).