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How To Report

Make contact: Start with your child or youth’s teacher/coach/etc.
If this issue does not get resolved, go to the next level (principal/manager/supervisor)
Set up a meeting with the organization
Bring facts in writing – include specific details
Work on a safety plan with the organization
Ask about bullying protocols and procedures
If not adequately addressed, contact superintendent/trustee/director/etc. – In serious bullying cases contact police
Use supports outside the school (schools can help with referrals).
* Every effort should be made to work directly with those initially involved before moving to the next step.

  • Schools/Community Resource Centres;
  • Ministry of Education;
  • Elected Officials;
  • Ontario Human Rights Tribunal;
  • Ontario Ombudsman (new mandate);
  • Law Professionals;
  • Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition
    • (613) 591-3686
  • Who will look into your complaint and when?
  • When will that person get back to you, and what information can you expect?
  • How will the school, now that it is aware of the problem, keep your child safe while the problem is being investigated?
  • How will your child’s identity and privacy be protected to prevent retaliation?
  • What services are available in the school or community should your child need emotional or psychological support?

(Call it Safe, 2003)

  • Know your schools policies and use the correct procedures.
  • Be sure to take detailed notes of all conversation.
  • A calm and assertive attitude is most effective.
  • Know which questions to ask.
  • Get to know the right people.
  • Take note of next steps and dates.
  • Gather information and do your research.
  • Follow up.

Safe School Act (Bill 157, 2010)

Requires all school staff to report serious student incidents that could lead to suspension or expulsion
Ensures parents know that schools will respond appropriately to serious student incidents
Ensures parents know when their child is a victim of such behaviour
Schools must have a progressive discipline plan and a bullying prevention and intervention plan
(Ontario Ministry of Education, Safe schools: Progressive discipline)
Safe Schools Act now includes cyberbullying
Physical or online bullying is formally prohibited in all 
Ontario schools
Students can now be suspended for cyberbullying
Mandatory for schools to report and respond to serious incidents and inappropriate behaviour including cyberbullying
(Ontario Ministry of Education, Safe and Accepting Schools)

Accepting School Act ( Bill 13, 2013)

Bullying, discrimination, and harassment
Makes these behaviours unacceptable in schools
Requires boards to have policies in place on progressive discipline, bullying prevention and intervention, and equity and inclusive education
Tougher consequences for those involved in bullying as well as supports
All formally reported incidents must be investigated
Notify parents of both parties and discuss support
(Ontario Ministry of Education, Creating Safe and Accepting Schools)

Educators share responsibility with parents and other adults in students’ lives to nurture the development of the social emotional skills that students need to engage in healthy relationships, and to teach students that bullying is wrong and unacceptable.
This is what is expected of an educator:
At the Classroom/School Level:
• Expected to report a bullying matter to the principal of the school as soon as they become aware of a student engaging in bullying activities.
At the School Board Level:
• School boards are expected to establish board-level policies and guidelines with respect to bullying prevention and intervention in schools.
• School boards are expected to consult with and ask for input from students, parents/guardians, and the public when planning bullying prevention and intervention activities in schools.
• School boards are expected to implement and periodically review the bullying prevention and intervention plan.
• School boards are expected to make the bullying prevention and intervention activities plan available to the public.
• School boards may be required to develop and implement an equity and inclusive education policy at the discretion of the Minister.
At the Ministry of Education Level:
• The Ministry is expected to develop a model bullying prevention and intervention plan to assist individual school boards in establishing their own bullying prevention and intervention activities.
•The Ministry is expected to make information about the number of reported suspensions and expulsions with respect to bullying incidents available to parents/guardians.

When a bullying situation occurs
At the Classroom/School Level:
• The school principal is responsible for investigating reported incidents of bullying activities.
• The school principal is responsible for notifying parents/guardians of involved children the results of the investigation. The principal should explain:
1.The nature of the bullying activity – although personal information about the child who bullied may not be disclosed;
2.The nature of the harm;
3.The nature of any disciplinary measures taken in response to the bullying incident;
4.The supports that will be provided for the child who was bullied.
The school principal is responsible for inviting parents or guardians to have a discussion about the supports that will be provided for the child who was bullied to ensure that he or she feels safe at school.

At the Ministry of Education Level:
The Ministry of Education is responsible for making policies and guidelines regarding:
1.The discipline of students engaging in bullying behaviours;
2.The form, content, and timing of reports on bullying incidents;
3.The provision of a framework to identify student behaviours that are inappropriate and that require disciplinary consequences;
4.The provision of a framework to help students who have bullied to develop healthy relationships and make good choices so they can continue their learning and achieve success.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for establishing clear policies on training all teachers and school staff to:
1.Support students who have been bullied, witnessed bullying, or engaged in bullying;
2.Increase their ability to respond to inappropriate student behaviours in schools.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for establishing policies and procedures that:
1.Allow parents and guardians to report incidents of bullying;
2. Follow up with parents and guardians with the concerns about their children and bullying incidents in an appropriate and a timely manner.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for establishing policies and procedures that :
1.Allow parents and guardians to report incidents of bullying;
2. Allocate resources to support students who engage in and/or are impacted by bullying behaviours;
3. Provide a process for parents and guardians to follow if they have concerns about the supports being provided to their child

Remember to consider your own behaviour, despite any disagreements or hostility you may encounter. Children and youth closely watch what the adults in their life do and are influenced as much by your actions as your words. When students see you being respectful and empathetic towards others, even when you disagree, they are more likely to behave the same way.

For more resources, please visit: http://www.prevnet.ca