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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2022

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2022
Posted on 11/18/2022
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week November 20 to 26 graphic with BWDSB logo and image of child sitting against brick wall with head loweredOntario has designated the week that begins on the third Sunday of each November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.  From November 20 to 26, 2022, our schools and communities are invited to engage in meaningful dialogue and expand awareness around the many forms of bullying and their detrimental impact on student success and well-being.

In addition to Bluewater District School Board’s strategic core values to ‘Enhance Equity’ and ‘Maintain Healthy and Safe Environments’, we are committed to upholding the following goals associated with the board strategic priority of a ‘Safe Supportive Learning Community’:
• work together to support wellness
• foster the strengths, contributions, and overall health of students and staff

Throughout the school year, a broad range of ongoing efforts by students and staff are designed to address safety and wellness in our learning and working environments.  Some of the many recent initiatives have included the launch of Student Demographic Census 2022 – “Your Voice Matters!” for all students to inform the board’s work around diversity, equity, and inclusive education, multi-school participation in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Pink Shirt Day, and Pride Month, Chesley District Community School’s Kindness Project, Alexandra Community School’s Thoughtful Space, and Owen Sound District Secondary School’s “Love is Love” art exhibit, among others.

Through Bluewater’s dedicated mental health team, every school in the district is now able to access therapeutic support for students when incidents occur.  The team is working diligently on the implementation of preventative full-class programming in elementary schools through the board’s child and youth workers to assist students in developing emotional literacy and relationship skills.  The goal is to ensure all schools continue to be mentally healthy, culturally responsive, and inclusive spaces for all students and staff.

The following policies and procedures outline Bluewater’s varied approaches and processes around prevention and intervention of bullying in our schools and work sites.  Supporting resources from community partners related to this topic are also being shared below.

Related Board Policies and Procedures

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 “Code of Conduct” – Student Transportation Service Consortium of Grey-Bruce

Other Useful Links

“Bullying – we can all help stop it” – Ontario.ca
Mental Health and Well-Being – Bluewater District School Board
Bill 13, Accepting Schools Act, 2012
Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce
Grey Bruce We C.A.R.E. Project
Kids Help Phone
Bell Let’s Talk
PREVNet
WES for Youth Online
Bluewater District School Board is located on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
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