The following is a general outline of the areas where staff intervention will occur and students will be held accountable for their actions.
Students who are observed not behaving appropriately will be held accountable by our staff. If a change in behavior does not occur, they will be sent to the office. Time will provided for the student to reflect on the incident and speak with an administrator. School administration, in consultation with the teacher, will decide on the next appropriate action. Examples of such action include:Time Out and/or Detention, a written explanation from the student sent home for parent/guardian signature, a phone call to parents, Community Service at school, Suspension from class for a period, Suspension to home (1-5 days), Suspension to the System Suspension Desk (Greater than 5 days).
Training and Prevention
Through our health program, classroom meeting and impromptu conversations students and staff will be given instruction on how to prevent bullying and harassment. This will also include instruction on the process for filing complaints and the process/consequences that will result from the complaint.
What is bullying?
Bullying is defined as the repeated, persistent, hostile or demeaning behaviour by an individual or group in the school community where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals. This may include psychological harm (feelings or self-esteem) or harm to an individual’s body or reputation.
Bullying involves a real or perceived power imbalance based on factors such as size, strength, social power, economic status, religious beliefs, ethnic/cultural origin, race, family circumstances, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability or the receipt of special education.
An individual engaged in bullying is not in compliance with the Education Act if they spread hate or discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, family status or disability.
Bullying can take different forms:
Physical – pushing, grabbing, hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, spitting, choking, making obscene gestures, hazing, stealing or damaging property
Verbal – name-calling, threatening remarks, hurtful teasing and taunting racist/sexist/homophobic comments, telling jokes that shame or humiliate someone, harassing using derogatory language
Social/Relational – gossiping or spreading rumours, isolating someone from friends or peers, ganging up, excluding from a group based on appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, race, religious beliefs, disability
Cyber/Digital – intentional defamatory, demeaning, harassing, threatening or intimidating communication directed toward another individual, including but not limited to electronic devices and any other media or means capable of transmitting
communication (e.g., email, text/instant messaging, social networks, online polls)
Also includes taking embarrassing pictures of someone and sharing them online or using someone else’s account to send hurtful content while pretending to be them.
- The Canadian Criminal Code has made some forms of cyberbullying illegal. The police may
lay charges if:
Intimate images are sent without permission
- Hate speech is used (racial and/or homophobic slurs) to cause fear and distress
- Threats of harm and violence are repeatedly made against an individual
This policy covers conduct that takes place in the school, on school property, at school-sponsored functions and activities, on school buses and at bus stops. This policy also pertains to usage of electronic technology and electronic communication that occurs in the school, on school property, at school-sponsored functions and activities, on school buses or at bus stops, and on school computers, networks, forums, and mailing lists. This policy applies to the entire school community, including educators, school staff students, parents and volunteers.
This policy will be distributed annually and will also be included in our student codes of conduct and disciplinary policies on our school websites.
What Is and Isn't Bullying
Response to Bullying at DMC (Draft)
- It is the responsibility of those that know bullying is going on to report it to staff or parents.
- Teachers should be the first point of contact for families worried about a potential bullying situation.
- Teachers will work with families to determine if the situation is bullying or something else that can be remedied.
- Staff will endeavor to keep anyone's name that has reported the incident(s) confidential.
- If a teacher feels the incident(s) are bullying, teachers must document all incidents of bullying and report to administration.
- Administration must investigate all reports of bullying and document findings.
- Administration must follow the CBE's Progressive Discipline policy when dealing with situations of potential bullying.
- Staff will work to support all victims of bullying to ensure they feel safe.
- Staff will work with students that bully to ensure they understand their actions. Consequences will follow the CBE's Progressive Discipline model, dealing with each situation based on the students and circumstances involved. This means that each instance of bullying will be dealt with differently depending on the students involved and the situation.
- Parents will be included in the conversation and informed of decisions as long as the school maintains the privacy of all students involved.
Reports may be filed anonymously. However, disciplinary action cannot be taken solely based on an anonymous report. Anonymous reports will be investigated with the same procedure, timeliness and vigor as other reports and disciplinary action can occur based on the results of the investigation.
Students who file false reports of bullying or harassment will be subject to disciplinary action.
Retaliation or threats of retaliation meant to intimidate the victim of bullying or harassment or toward those investigating the incident will not be tolerated.
This is behavior that is deemed by staff to interfere with the learning of others. Because our core mandate is to provide a safe, secure, and productive learning environment, this can be very serious.
Respect for Our Building
Students are asked to assist in keeping our school clean and tidy. Garbage and recycling should be placed in the proper containers. This is expected both inside and outside our school.
Respect for our School Neighborhood and Local Shops
We expect our students to show respect for private property and businesses throughout the entire neighbourhood and to respect others who live in our community. Please use crosswalks, sidewalks and stay off private property at all times.
Weapons are considered to be any item that in the judgment of a staff member may be used to inflict injury. It is important to note that the student does not need to use a weapon to be guilty of possession of a weapon dangerous to the safety of others. Everyday items used in harmful ways such as paper clips and laser pointers will also be classified as weapons.
It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon (or weapon for the purpose of self-defense) in Canada. Only exceptions are for lawful occupational purposes such as Police Officer.
Serious Situations of Misconduct
The following are considered to be serious examples of misconduct and may result in immediate suspension to home, which requires parents to meet with administration to discuss reinstatement of the student in classes. Serious misconduct includes the following: Use, possession of, or active contact with weapons, threats or harassment, violence/assault/fighting, vandalism, use, possession of, distribution of, or active contact with drugs or alcohol, criminal activity, defiance of authority, obscene or abusive language, smoking/vaping on school grounds or in sight of the school.
Smoking and Vaping
Students are not allowed to smoke or vape in the school, on the school grounds, or within sight of the school. It is strictly prohibited and illegal. Students will be subject to discipline up to and including suspension. Students are also asked to not bring to school any item associated with smoking, such as cigarettes, E-cigarettes, lighters or matches – they will be taken away from students permanently.