Bullying Prevention & Fair Notice

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Action Plan

Pine Grove Public School 2019/20

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 modeled 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.

from Accepting Schools Act 2012



Pine Grove Public School

Principal or Vice-Principal

Loui Silvestri, Principal

Cameron Dalgleish, Vice-Principal


Michelle Charles, Junior Teacher

Tania Griffiths, Intermediate Teacher

Andrea Logan, Intermediate Teacher

Marybeth Pakulat, Other

Sally Torgunrud, Intermediate SERT

Genevieve Vessio, Junior Teacher

Non-Teaching Staff

Sherry Gallant, CYC (Child and Youth Counsellor)


Tracy Stirling, School Council Co-Chair

Community Partner

Kaitlyn Visser, Halton Region Public Health Nurse for Pine Grove

Students K.N.

WELL-BEING CONTACT PERSON (must be a staff member)

Cameron Dalgleish, dalgleishc@hdsb.ca

Types of bullying that exist in our school

(as identified through school based data and information)

Four categories of bullying include: Physical (e.g., hitting, kicking, punching, taking belongings), Verbal (e.g., teasing with mean intent, using hurtful names), Social (e.g., excluding other students, talking behind backs to make you look bad, spreading rumours), Cyber/Electronic (e.g., teasing through the use of email, cell phones, text messaging, social media websites)

At Pine Grove…

  • Verbal bullying - takes place mostly during unstructured times of the school day: lunch, recess, before/after school/on bus, in hallways/washrooms/less frequently monitored areas by school staff
  • Cyber-bullying/Electronic bullying - students use social media platforms, such as Instagram or SnapChat, to bully other students in the school
  • Social bullying - students use social power to exclude peers
  • Physical bullying - students using physical interactions to bully students in school (e.g., during unstructured times and in areas, busing, lockers, changrooms)

School Bullying Prevention SMART Goal

IF we provide a school environment that focuses on inclusion and teamwork/collaboration for all members of the school community to maximize student learning, and that promotes mental well-being using the foundations of a Healthy School (OPHEA), THEN in Spring 2020, we will see a 7% increase over last year in the number of students who respond that they “feel like they belong at Pine Grove” and “feel safe to be me”, as measured by the TTFM survey. Additionally, by May 2020, we will achieve Healthy Schools GOLD Certification with a focus on OPHEA’s ‘Mental Health’ priority health topic, based on school-wide work to meet OPHEA’s established criteria for certification.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Strategies/Curricular Connections/Activities

(for the whole school, and for those students at risk of bullying behaviours)

  • Significant 72
  • PALs groups and activities (cross-grade groupings)
  • Restorative Practices capacity building
  • Community Circles in classrooms
  • Right to Play philosophy
  • Right to Play recognition assemblies
  • Bravo Bandit/Fun Friday award draws to recognize students
  • November 19, 2019: Anti-Bullying Presentation by Duane Gibson
  • Pink Day: November 21, 2019
  • November 18-22, 2019 - Bullying Prevention Week with daily announcements
  • December 16-19, 2019: Well-Being Team anti-bullying school-wide activities
  • Halton Community Liaison Officer, Lindsay Brown - grade-specific discussion/presentations, as needed
  • Principal and Vice-Principal classroom visits
  • Global Issues/Me To We Club
  • GSA Club
  • Roots Of Empathy program
  • Extra-curricular programs
  • Student leadership opportunities (e.g., Student Parliament)
  • Project BOOKs

Bullying Intervention and Support Strategies

(for individuals who cause harm, are impacted by harm and are witness to harm)


  • community resources (ROCK, Nelson Youth Centre)
  • ASIST trained staff member in the building
  • Support students who want to make a difference and are interested in Anti-bullying, Anti-racism gender equality messaging- Leadership team
  • conferences in response to students who have been harmed, witnessed or who have harmed others,using CPS strategies/resources
  • MDST involvement with high-needs students
  • CYC supporting community circles in Intermediate division
  • CYC involvement where needed with individual students or groups of students and for class-wide education around bullying and problem solving
  • HDSB reporting protocol Bill 157, Reflection time
  • regular home/school communication
  • On-going messages in assemblies
  • On-going class conversations with Teachers
  • On-going messaging during staff meetings
  • 1:1 conversations privately with individual students

Pine Grove:

  • Restorative Practices approach
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving approach
  • Community circles - restoration of relationship, safety, trust
  • “Report Bullying” button on school website for anonymous online reporting
  • Investigate the report, act accordingly and follow up frequently with those involved
  • Parent involvement - two-way communication
  • Communicate with students, teachers and parents
  • Pine Grove’s “Progressive Discipline Pyramid of Interventions” to support students
  • Bill 157: Keeping Kids Safe at School online incident reporting by staff
  • Child and Youth Counsellor (CYC) support
  • Safe School Social Worker
  • Individual Education Plans/IEPs (accommodations, modifications, alternative programs)
  • School Resource Team/SRT
  • Referrals to outside agencies (e.g., ROCK, Nelson Youth Centre)
  • Halton Community Liaison Officer
  • Student Success groups and programs
  • Tribes classroom activities (e.g., Community Circles)
  • Halton Region Public Health Nurse
  • Staff mentoring groups
  • Pine Grove Public School “Student Technology Use Agreement”

Training Resources and Outreach Strategies for Members of the School Staff, Parents and Community

  • Restorative Practices refresher
  • CPS refresher
  • HDSB public website, myHDSB for staff
  • Halton Community Liaison Officer support
  • HDSB Safe Schools Conference
  • ASIST Suicide training protocol
  • BMS retraining
  • Community agencies (e.g. SafetyNet, Rebecca’s Gifts/CAS, Halton Women’s Place)
  • Right To Play initiatives
  • Tell Them From Me/Have Your Say surveys
  • Professional development for staff

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Responsibilities for:


  • Empower students to be positive leaders in their classrooms, school and community;
  • Encourage and remind students of the importance of and their responsibility to report incidents of bullying, whether at school or online;
  • Keep parents/guardians informed of any bullying incidents;
  • Facilitate community circles regularly in the classroom to discuss feelings, define bullying/cyberbullying, resolve conflicts and maintain or restore relationships;
  • Establish a positive culture;
  • Set clear expectations and maintain a code of conduct;
  • Support students in developing healthy relationships;
  • Integrate bullying awareness and prevention into the curriculum (e.g., Big Ideas connected to social justice, Learning Skills, Health Education)
  • Use the Progressive Discipline Pyramid of Interventions
  • Use resource staff and agencies
  • Remain current regarding Ministry and Board policies


  • Understand diversity and inclusion, and contribute positively to the school climate at Pine Grove through words and actions toward others;
  • Learn to be an "upstander" who takes action by reporting incidents of bullying and supporting victims of bullying;
  • Understand the impacts that technology and social-media can have if used inappropriately;
  • TELL, TELL, TELL to get someone out of trouble, NOT into trouble;
  • Follow the HDSB Code of Conduct;
  • Follow school and board expectations;
  • Respect self, others, our environment;
  • Implement initiatives organized by the Well-Being Team;
  • Participate in initiatives (e.g., Right to Play, PALs, student leadership opportunities)


  • Encourage and assist their child(ren) in following the HDSB Code of Conduct;
  • Regularly review with their child(ren) any correspondence from the school, board and Ministry pertaining to bullying prevention in terms of their responsibilities and actions/steps to take to prevent bullying;
  • Support the school with programs, and discuss what kindness, tolerance and acceptance look like at home, at school and in the community, and model this behaviour;
  • Check in regularly with their child(ren) to ensure that they are not targets of bullying or bullies themselves;
  • Promptly report any bullying issues to the school;
  • Monitor their child(ren)’s online activity regularly;
  • Represent parents on the Well-Being Team;
  • Volunteer within the school;
  • Engage through School Council meetings and initiatives;
  • Participate in community building events;
  • Participate in student-led conferences with teachers and students;
  • Attend School Council sponsored speakers at school and within the HDSB.

Monitoring and Review Process/Timelines

This plan has been shared with staff and parents via: (Underline)

  • Staff Meeting
  • School Council Meeting
  • Newsletter
  • School Website (required)
  • Other

Resources/Reference: Safe and Accepting Schools Policy

HDSB Admin Procedure Bullying Prevention and Intervention

HDSB Admin Procedure Positive School Climate

Tell Them From Me/TTFM and Have Your Say/HYS surveys

Safe Schools Social Workers

Halton Region Public Health Nurse

Fair Notice.pdf