Trillium Lakelands District School Board is committed to the development of positive school climates in all schools to ensure environments where students and staff can feel happy, comfortable, welcome and safe.  Schools have committed resources and work to build capacity on an ongoing basis to help students deal with difficult situations. As a school board however, we realize that incidents of bullying do occur and a student who is the target of bullying must tell an adult in their school, their parents, a friend, or report the incident on line. It is important for the student to tell someone so that school personnel can take steps to assist all individuals involved to repair the harm and restore the relationship. Counseling and mental health services are available for the student who feels vulnerable in the school. Parents are encouraged to be partners in focused solutions. All schools have a formal response to bullying plan in place. The schools response to bullying will typically involve the 5 Step Bullying Response Strategy:

Step One
Parents and Guardians will be called and/or contacted by mail when:

  • There has been a complaint against your child for bullying behaviours
  • Investigation has confirmed that there is substance to this complaint
  • Please talk to your child regarding this behaviour
  • We are willing to assist in this communication with your child should you wish to come in
  • If there is another complaint against your child, or an associate of your child, we will move to  Step Two. There may be opportunity at this stage to engage in restorative practices.

Step Two
If there is another confirmed complaint, then the consequences may escalate for the student(s) participating in the bullying behaviour.
Typical consequences at this level include:

  • Contact with the home again as per step 1
  • Loss of recess or similar privilege for a period of  time
  • Notice to student and parent that the next confirmed complaint may lead to suspension out of school
  • Request to meet with the student and the parent
  • There may be opportunity at this stage to engage in restorative practices

Step Three
Out of school suspension may be applied (generally duration of less than 5 days), also:

  • Meeting with parent and student
  • Involvement in a supportive program to assist the student in dealing with these behaviours
  • Notice to student and parent that the next confirmed complaint may lead to lengthier out of school suspension and possible police involvement
  • There may be opportunity at this stage to engage in restorative practices

Step Four
Depending upon the severity of the behaviours, the next step may be out of school suspension; generally a duration of 6 – 15 days and possible police involvement. There may be an opportunity at this state to engage in restorative practices.

Step Five
Depending upon the severity of the behaviours, the next step may be suspension/pending expulsion and possible police involvement. Restorative practices also possible at this stage.