At HWDSB, we are committed to making all schools caring and safe places to learn. Our first strategic priority, Positive Culture and Well-being, includes a focus on equity, inclusion, mental health and well-being, safety and acceptance of all staff, students, families and community partners.
We know that bullying exists in our schools and community – and want to do all that we can to prevent it and intervene effectively. Parents and children should never feel alone or suffer the consequences of bullying in silence. You must contact the school Principal or Vice-Principal at your child’s school immediately if you have a concern.
The Bullying Prevention and Intervention resource contains information for parents and students intended to help. The resource address topics such as what is bullying, what families can do about bullying and much more.
What do families and students need to know about bullying?
Parents and children should never feel alone or suffer the consequences of bullying in silence. You must contact the school Principal or Vice-Principal at your child’s school immediately if you have a concern.
Parents can help to deal with bullying by:
- Making sure you know the policies and have open dialogue with your children about what is happening at school, on the bus, and online. Listen and observe!
- Work in partnership with the school…be proactive and call when you have questions and concerns rather than being reactive and calling after you have had several incidents reported to you by your child.
- Encourage positive behavior, value differences, and promote sensitivity towards others with your child.
- Discuss regularly with your child about their feelings about school work, friendships, relationships and their day!
- Inform the school of changes in your child’s behavior or circumstances that might affect their behavior or moods/feelings.
- Contact the school if bullying has occurred.