Anti-Bullying

Heroes’ Memorial Elementary School
Anti-Bullying Policy and Action Plan

Anti-Bullying Policy and Action Plan

Our Commitment to Take Action against Bullying
At Heroes’ Memorial, we believe that children have a right to the highest standard of education in a safe and caring environment. Bullying in all its forms will not be tolerated. If acts of bullying take place, these incidents must be reported. Our school encourages all students, staff and parents to report bullying incidents.

What is Bullying?
“Bullying” means any repeated direct or indirect behaviour, comment, act or gesture, whether deliberate or not, including cyberspace, which occurs in a context where there is a power of imbalance between the persons concerned and which causes distress and injures, hurts, oppresses, intimidates or ostracizes.

Physical: Hitting, kicking, shoving, spitting, punching, stealing or damaging property.

Verbal: Name-calling, defiance, threats.

Emotional: Exclusion from the group or isolated socially, gossip or rumour mongering, mockery, and the like.

Racial discrimination: To make racist comments, to write slurs, graffiti.

Sexual: To make sexist comments, abusive comments, to provide unwanted physical contact, to utter denigrating comments.

Cyberbullying: To send/hurtful messages, insults, rumours, to post fights or incidents.

Bullying is not…

• A conflict between two students
• Teasing that is meant to be playful
• A misunderstanding
• An involuntary act

The objectives of our Policy Against Bullying

• All staff, students and parents are aware of our policy against bullying.
• Bullying will not be tolerated and will be dealt with as efficiently as possible.
• The procedures to report bullying are clear, known, understood, and applied.
• The policy supports Bill 56, Heroes’ Guidelines and Expectations, Student Code of Conduct, and our MESA document.

Procedures and Consequences

• All bullying incidents must be reported.
• All incidents will be recorded unless minor and resolved.
• For serious situations parents will be informed.
• If deemed necessary, the police will be contacted.
• Students caught bullying will present an apology, additional measures may also apply.
• Suspension or expulsions may also be considered.

Signs and Symptoms
• A student can be afraid of walking to and from school or not want to come to school
• A student’s academic results can be affected
• A student can isolate himself
• A student may go home with damaged clothing
• A student can be in distress; stop eating; and cry more easily
• A student may become more bothersome or aggressive
• A student may want to run away
• A student may have lack of confidence or low self esteem
• A student may appeared tired, may have sleeping issues, or may be having nightmares
Means put in Place to apply our Policy
• Formation of Student Safety/Behavior Committee
• Development of a bullying action plan.
• Staff meetings to raise awareness of the bullying action plan.
• Student assembly on bullying.
• Bullying survey students 4 to 7 (Tell Them from Me Survey).
• Discussions in class throughout the year related to bullying and our policy. Use of programs like “Don’t Laugh at Me,” “There’s Gum in My Hair,” and the Wild, Wild Web.”
• Continuation of various violence and bullying prevention activities (i.e. Power of One), and social skills activities already in place at school.
• Incident reports are completed and sent home.
• An anti-bullying binder has been put in place to record all bullying incidents. Binder will be kept in the Principal’s office and information kept confidential.
Tools, Documents and References
• Partnership with the CSSS, SQ and other community organizations to promote positive student behaviors
• Heroes’ student Code of Conduct
• Heroes’ Memorial Action Plan
• Government of Quebec web site http://irightthewrong.com


Heroes’ Memorial Elementary School
Bullying Incident Report

Victim: _______________________________ Date: __________________
Bully: ________________________________ Grade: _________________
Description of Facts: __________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Consequence: _______________________________________________________________
Called Home: ___________________________________ Date and Initials
Follow Up
Intervened on: ____________________________________ Initials: ________________
White Copy: Parents Yellow Copy: Teachers Pink Copy: Principal

White Copy: Parents Yellow Copy: Teachers Pink Copy: Principal

Resolved
An additional intervention is needed

Initials: ________________
White Copy: Parents Yellow Copy: Teachers Pink Copy: Principal

 

Bullying Reflection Sheet

Name of Student: ________________________________________
Grade: ________________________
Date of 1st Incident: __________________________
Date of 2nd Incident: __________________________

The goal of this reflection is to help you reflect on your bullying behaviour. Please answer all the questions with your best writing.

Give this sheet back to your teacher by: ________________________________
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• Describe in detail what happened: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
• In your opinion, how does the person you bullied feel about this situation?
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

• How can you avoid bullying others?
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

• What should future consequences be for acts of bullying?
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

• How do your parents feel about your behaviour?
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Student Signature: ______________________________________________
Parents Section:
We are aware of this reflection and we have discussed the issue with our child.

Signature of Parent: ______________________________________________

Resolved
An additional intervention is needed

Heroes’ Bullying Action Plan
Consequences for Acts of Bullying

Any adult at the school can receive reports of bullying incidents (teachers, supervisors, principal, etc.). It is important to understand that the adult deal with the situation and complete a Bullying Incident Report form.
The homeroom teacher is responsible for the application of the anti-bullying protocol (below) in conjunction with the principal and initial intervener.
For each infraction there is a reconciliation gesture toward the victim (verbal or written apology). Depending on the number of infractions, additional consequences will be imposed.
Heroes’ will keep track of infractions in the school incident binder located in the Principal’s office.

1st Infraction
• Written apology presented to victim in person
• Inform the parents
• Inform the principal
• Other (possible additional reconciliation gestures related to the gravity of the incident)
2nd Infraction
• Written apology presented to victim in person
• Written reflection on bullying, signed by parents
• Inform the parents
• Inform the principal
• Possible loss of activity
• Other (possible additional reconciliation gestures related to the gravity of the incident)

3rd Infraction
• Written apology presented to victim in person
• Inform the parents
• Inform the principal
• Project on bullying, presentation to class
• Other (possible additional reconciliation gestures related to the gravity of the incident)
4th Infraction
• Written apology presented to victim in person
• Meeting with child responsible for bullying, parents and principal
• Creation of a Behavioural Contract
• Other (possible additional reconciliation gestures related to the gravity of the incident)
5th Infraction
• Written apology presented to the victim
• Internal or external suspension
• Meeting with child responsible for bullying, parents, principal, board representative, possible SQ officer
• Possible referral to a professional

Please take note that depending on the gravity of the infraction, this protocol can be modified.
The project to be presented by the student in the third infraction must be done in a serious manner (rigour, quality of presentation, respectfully).