Safe and Accepting Schools
Building a Positive School Climate
Curriculum connections: All teachers are responsible for supporting students in developing relationships in all learning environments. This include bullying prevention learning in daily teacher practice through a variety of curriculum links.
Teachers/schools use various programs and strategies to ensure the school environment is inclusive. This may include bullying prevention programs such as Asset Building, Collaborative Problem Solving, Restorative Practices, Roots of Empathy, P.A.L.S. (Playground Activity Leaders in Schools) and Safe Schools Ambassadors. Schools also participate in the Give Respect - Get Respect program in conjunction with the Halton Regional Police Service. Every school is required to have a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan.
Be Your Child's Champion
Whether your child is the target of bullying, is engaging in bullying behaviour or is witnessing bullying behaviour, once your child has come forward, it's your turn to take action:
Arrange a meeting for you and your child with the teacher and/or principal/vice principal.
Bring with you the specific information you've gathered about the bullying incident(s).
Work with your child and school personnel on a plan to address what your child needs right now to feel safe; what your child can do to avoid being bullied and to stand up to any future bullying; and who your child go to for help.
Beginning in 2016-2017, anti-bullying initiatives will be led by schoolwide Well-Being Teams in every Halton school. These teams are composed of staff, parents, students, and other members of the school community.