Safe Schools

2016-17 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Action

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

Well Being Team



Stewarttown Middle School

Principal or Vice Principal

Dawn Lazerte, VP


Sonia Nalywajko, Jane Jolly

Non-Teaching Staff

Michelle Crozier, CYC


Lori Baker

Community Partner

Public Health Nurse (PHN) - Cheryl Deszpoth


Step-Up Crew


(must be a staff member)

 Sonia Nalywajko

Email address

Types of bullying that exist in our school

(as identified through school based data and information)

  • Data comes from the Tell Them From Me survey completed by all students at our school.

  • Bullying behaviour happens more times on the playing field, nutrition breaks and during class transitions students tell us (when there is less adult supervision).

  • From the 2015-16 TTFM data, 21% of students at Stewarttown had moderate to high levels of anxiety (Canada norm is 15%). 26% of the  girls (Canada norm is 19%) and 17% of the boys (Canada norm is 11%) in this school had moderate to high levels of anxiety.

  • From the 2015-16 TTFM data, 24% of students at Stewarttown were victims of moderate to severe bullying in the last month (Canada norm is 23%).  23% were girls and 27% were boys

School Bullying Prevention SMART Goal

  • In the 2017-18 TTFM data, we will see 16% of Stewarttown students have moderate to high levels of anxiety (a decrease of 5% in the next 2 years)

  • In the 2017-18 TTFM data, we will see 19% at Stewarttown report being victims of moderate to severe bullying in the last month (a decrease of 5%).

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Strategies/Curricular Connections/Activities

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

Increase teacher presence during nutrition breaks - 2 teachers in one hall.

ChillZone - a program running 3x week to help students decompress and have time for individual reflection through stretching, reading, mindful moments and napping. ChillZone runs during specific nutrition breaks on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, occurring both in the library and gymnasium.

Continue to use Restorative Practices and use of talk circles in classroom learning.

Increase staff presence in halls during transition times.

Continue community building activities and collaborative group strategies to promote and teach positive behaviours to foster safe and inclusive learning communities.

Continue to incorporate school-wide empathy building activities and programs with classroom learning communities e.g., the Right to Play, Mental Health Week, United Nations Observances that recognize equity and inclusion like World Autism Day and World Social Justice  Day.

Continue to promote positive student engagement through the many leadership opportunities offered at Stewarttown such as Student Parliament, Step-up Crew, Green Team, We Club,  and the many clubs offered such as Lego, Calligraphy, Chess and Knitting.

Continue education programs with community partners,e.g., B.R.A.V.O. and B.R.A.V.O. Encore with Constable Hunchak and coordinating guest speakers that build on our mission statement, “We Care.” Topics that deal with cyberbullying awareness and responsibility of leaving a positive online legacy, self-esteem workshops from Halton Women’s Shelter and diversity dance workshops from the Mississauga Living Arts Centre.

Bullying Intervention and Support Strategies

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

If bullying does occur, it is important that it is reported so that the situation can be resolved quickly. Therefore, students will report any bullying incidents they witness or are involved in, either to a staff member or through the Report Bullying Now button; staff will listen to and respond to any incidents of bullying.

In addition, Stewarttown Middle School will…

  • incorporate the use of safe school strategies like Restorative Practices, Collaborative Problem-Solving, Developmental Assets and Culturally Responsible practices such as HDSB’s Seven Equity Lenses

  • continue to use the ‘Respect and Think’ sheets when investigating an issue

  • continued partnership with our parent community in terms of communication, awareness, educations and pathways of care in the community

  • referral to School Team, School Resource Team (SRT) and multi-disciplinary team as needed

  • continued support from our designated Child/Youth Counsellor (CYC), Michelle Crozier

  • referral to pathways of care in the community as needed, e.g., ROCK - Nelson Youth Centre

  • continue to provide in-school support to students through the Student Success Program

Training Resources and Outreach Strategies for Members of the School Staff, Parents and Community
  • Sustain Restorative Practices with staff sharing and review
  • Continue to build and share best practices amongst SMS educators for bullying prevention and community building on the Halton Cloud
  • Communicate activities and initiatives to Parents through Synervoice, website and School Council

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Responsibilities for:


  • Build positive and inclusive learning communities

  • Listen to and respond to reports of bullying

  • Utilize resources and training made available

  • Encourage students to be positive leaders and engage in the many activities offered at Stewarttown


  • Report bullying incidents from personal involvement or witness to

  • Contribute positively to the culture and climate of the school community through daily actions and engagement in school activities


  • Contact the school if there is knowledge of a bullying situation with your child

  • Review the Stewarttown Middle School Code of Conduct with child

  • Work in collaboration with school staff to resolve student conflicts

Monitoring and Review Process/Timelines

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

  • Staff Meeting

  • School Council Meeting

  • School Website (required)

  • Staff Cloud

Resources/Reference: Safe and Inclusive Schools Policy

  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention Admin Procedure

  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention Framework

  • HDSB Guide to Bullying Prevention and Intervention

  • Promoting a Positive School Climate

  • TFFM Survey

  • Safe Schools Social Workers, Public Health Nurses

Dawn Lazerte,
Sep 2, 2016, 6:38 PM