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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2019

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2019
Posted on 11/15/2019
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2019

November 17 – 23, 2019 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. Bluewater District School Board is committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive, and caring learning culture where every student can grow and thrive. This commitment is articulated in the following strategic priority and associated goals:

Ensure the well-being of students and staff in a safe supportive environment for teaching, learning and working
  • Provide a safe and supportive work environment that values and recognizes the personal strengths, professional contributions, and personal well-being of staff
  • Create conditions where students, staff, and parents/caregivers are comfortable and confident in seeking help and responding to student mental health and emotional well-being
mental health and emotional well-being

Bulletin board used by studentsStudents and staff continue to actualize this priority and its goals through the coordination of a diverse range of anti-bullying learning and awareness activities. From the inclusive themed initiatives of Gay Straight Alliance and ME to WE clubs, to the community building work of School and Student Councils, Bluewater is taking a multi-faceted approach to safe and accepting schools that involves multiple stakeholders.

There are several examples of board wide awareness campaigns that occur throughout the year adhering to this theme. Some of these include Treaties Recognition Week, Mental Illness Awareness Week, Orange Shirt Day, Pride MonthMental Health Week, and Pink Shirt Day, among others.

Leadership opportunities are empowering students to develop their mentorship and peer to peer skills within their schools. Through collaboration with a number of community partners, Bluewater was able to offer a second Youth Mental Health Champions training event on October 16 for approximately 185 Grades 7 to 10 students and staff from 20 schools. The first event held in 2018 included approximately 85 students and staff from six schools. These newly designated Youth Champions will work with the lead teachers in their schools to support their student peers in areas related to well-being.

Additionally, Bluewater’s Student Senate has adopted “Advocacy, Equity and Action” as its vision for the year with various initiatives being planned that reflect the perspectives and needs of the entire student body.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, all members of Bluewater’s school communities are encouraged to join together in a pledge to stand up to bullying in all its forms. Students, staff, parents/guardians, and others are invited to initiate conversations and reflect on the many ways in which we all can contribute to a safe, accepting, and inclusive society where bullying has no place to thrive.

Related Policies and Procedures in Bluewater

AP 1604-D “Communications – Addressing Parent / Community Concerns”
BP 6303-D “Equity and Inclusive Education”
AP 6303-D “Equity and Inclusive Education”
AP 6801-D “Police/School Protocol”
BP 6820-D “Safe and Accepting Schools”
AP 6819-D “Safe and Accepting Schools Incident Reporting”
AP 6820-D “Suspensions and Expulsions”
AP 6821-D “Bullying Prevention and Intervention”
AP 6822-D “Code of Conduct”
AP 6825-D “Progressive Discipline – Students”
BP 7520-D “Human Rights”
AP 7520-D “Prevention and Resolution of Harassment, Discrimination, Objectionable Behaviour and Human Rights Violations”
BP 7523-D “Workplace Violence”
AP 7523-D “Workplace Violence”
TCP-B005 “Transportation Code of Conduct”

Other Links
Bill 13 – “Accepting Schools Act, 2012”

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