Safe and Healthy Schools
Student Discipline: Bully Prevention and Intervention, Procedure 378 – schools are to develop and implement a school-wide progressive discipline policy which includes bully prevention and intervention plans.
Safe Schools Teams: every school must have a Safe Schools Team composed of staff members, parents, community members and students where appropriate and are responsible for school safety, for the ongoing implementation and monitoring of prevention and intervention programs and procedures related to bullying and developing school improvement plans to address the results of the School Climate Surveys.
School Climate Surveys: are administered every two years and provide an opportunity for input from parents, students and staff with results used to make improvements as needed.
Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week in November: school communities throughout Ontario partner with community organizations to plan events to raise awareness about strategies for preventing and eliminating bullying in schools.
Child and Youth Counsellors: are a school-based resource to support students and their families. CYCs provide advocacy and counseling services within the school setting, striving to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to develop to their fullest behavioural, social and emotional capabilities.
Restorative Practices: within the school setting, Restorative Practices has been shown to be an effective way to to repair the harm caused by offending behaviour while holding the person accountable for his/her actions. Training and support has also been provided for classroom circles, a preventative, community-building philosophy aimed at reducing conflict.
Community Threat Assessment Protocol , Procedure 385: describes a process to assist school board and community agencies to collaboratively respond to the highest risk behaviours in children and youth.
Healthy Active School Communities: schools are participating in this comprehensive school health program designed to improve health and well-being of children and youth.