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Our School Policies
Safe Schools and School Improvement Plan 2016 2017
Overall Goal:  Creating a positive school climate that supports a safe learning and teaching environment in which every student can reach his/her academic potential. 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.
School Specific Goal(s):
Students and staff will promote positive, polite, and respectful interactions within a safe, environmentally friendly, and health-oriented school.
Staff will support students in developing confidence and perseverance in both their academic and social emotional interactions.
We will continue to increase in the number of students reporting a positive sense of advocacy on the School Climate survey.  

Needs Assessment
(Based on…)
Training Strategies & Resources for School Climate and Bullying
Prevention and Awareness-Raising Strategies for a Positive School Climate and Bullying
Intervention and Support Strategies for School Climate Concerns and Bullying
Communication and Outreach Strategies regarding School Climate and Bullying
Responsibilities & Actions
Monitoring and Review Process (Include Timelines)
  • Tell-Them-From-Me Data:  Sense of Belonging, Bully / Victim, and School Safety
  • Suspension data
  • Potential Staff Survey
  • Potential Parent Survey
  • Office Referrals
  • School Specific Incidents
  • Achievement Data
  • Safe Schools Team Consultation
This information will inform the school specific goal(s).
  • Bill 157 Reporting & Responding
  • Whole School Approach
  • Staff Professional Learning
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Board Training
  • WITS (SK-3)
  • WITS-LEADS (4-6)
  • Fourth R (7-8)
  • “Imagine a School without Bullying”
  • STEP UP  (Safe Teen) initiative
  • Police or Police Foundations presentations on cyber-safety
  • KFL&A Public Health Resources
  • Anti-Bullying Awareness
  • MEND
  • BMS
  • LDSB Character Education Framework (2008)
  • Kelso’s Choices
  • Youth Diversion REBOUND program
  • Ministry anti-bullying resources
  • School-based PLCs
  • PEEL Region Public Health Website (Bullying Prevention)
  • Aboriginal Resource Centre
  • Threat Assessment Training
  • Friends for Friends Training
  • Bullying Awareness Week Activities (3rd week in November)
  • Promotion of Healthy, Inclusive Relationships and Lifestyles
  • Open communication between staff, students, and parents
  • Engagement of community supports / partners
  • Bullying Prevention Program (WITS, WITS-LEADS, Fourth R)
  • Character Education Initiative
  • Code of Conduct with clear expectations that are developmentally appropriate
  • Teaching in the Classroom
  • On-going Staff & Student Training
  • Accessing the LDSB Human Rights Education Advisor
  • Respect Committees or other Social Action Committees
  • Providing opportunities for members of the school community to increase their knowledge of issues like homophobia, gender based violence, sexual harassment, inappropriate sexual behaviour, racism, critical media literacy, and safe internet use
  • Mentorship/Modeling programs
  • Recognition awards/assemblies
  • Kelso’s Choices
  • Use of Peer Mediators, Yard Pals
  • Character Ed. Word Wall
  • Posting Classroom expectations
  • Friends for Friends Program
  • School-wide Progressive Discipline Plan
  • School Plan to address gender-based violence, homophobia, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Roots of Empathy
  • Growth Mindset
  • Timely, Sensitive, Proactive Response to all incidents and reports
  • Accessing community supports
  • Use of MEND and other restorative practices
  • Use of Progressive Discipline
  • Mandatory reporting from all Board Employees
  • Mandatory responding from staff that work directly with students
  • Disclosure Mechanism for Students
  • Plan for supporting and protecting the Victim(s) and Perpetrators
  • Addressing bystander behaviour
  • Providing opportunity for improved behaviour
  • Program modifications
  • Behaviour and/or Safety plans
  • Daily/Weekly “Check-ins”
  • Referral to a community partner for support (ie Pathways, KAIROS, Home Base, Sexual Assault Crisis Line, etc…)
  • Referral to the SSC
  • BAT Referral
  • Ed. Services Consult
  • Peer mediation
  • Accessing the LDSB Human Rights Education Advisor
  • Kids Help Line
  • Case Conference
  • Newsletters
  • Grade/Division Forums
  • School Council
  • Staff Meetings
  • High-Impact assemblies
  • Anonymous tip line
  • Let’s talk, Let’s Listen
  • Code of Conduct
  • Board Pamphlets
  • Synervoice Messages
  • School Website
  • Community Supports Gallery at a Parents’ Night
  • School Newspaper
  • Grade Forums
  • Student Assemblies
  • Guest Speakers
(Wendy Craig)
  • Safety Week
  • Parent Forum
  • Safe Schools Team
  • Ministry definition of bullying communicated to staff, students, & parents
  • Clear statement that bullying will not be accepted must be communicated to staff, students, & parents (see the statement above, below the overall goal)
  • Message in student agenda and parent handbooks
  • Growth Mindset into at assemblies
  • Staff will…
participate in recognition assemblies and WITS

model and deliver anti-bully and reporting message

Advocate – explain actions to student reports

  • Students will…
Participate in WITS

Report bullying

  • Parents and Community will…
Support WITS and anti- bullying program
  • Safe Schools Team
  • TTFM Data (4-8):  Sense of Belonging, Bully/Victim and Safety at School
  • Potential staff survey
  • Potential parent survey
  • Suspension data
  • Number of MEND conversations
  • Number of MEND circles
  • Office referrals due to student behaviour
  • Targeting areas of need based on survey results

Last Modified: May 31, 2017
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