Bullying Prevention and Intervention Action Plan

Providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and respectful society is a shared responsibility in which the board and our schools play an important role. Schools with bullying prevention and intervention strategies foster a positive learning and teaching environment that supports academic achievement for all students and that helps students reach their full potential. Bullying prevention and intervention strategies must be modelled by all members of the school community.
 
from HDSB Bullying Prevention and Intervention Administrative Procedure

Definition of Bullying
Bullying means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a student where,
a)   the behaviour is intended, or the student ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have that effect of,
causing fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the person’s reputation or property, or
creating a negative environment at the school for another individual, and
 
b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education.
 
Bullying behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means. For the purposes of the definition of bullying, bullying by electronic means (commonly known as cyber-bullying), including, creating a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; communicating material electronically to more than one individual or posting material on a web-site that may be accessed by one or more individuals