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Upper Canada District School Board Promotes Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Upper Canada District School Board Promotes Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
Posted on 11/15/2020
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November 15, 2020 (Brockville, ON) – To help enhance school safety and encourage positive learning environments, schools across the Upper Canada District School Board are promoting  Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week from November 15-21, 2020.

This week, school staff, students and their parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.   

 

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual intended to cause fear and distress or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance. 

 

“In a time when we need to come together now more than ever before, it’s important to remain kind and show empathy to one another,” says Chair John McAllister. “Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is an opportunity to reflect on how we can continue to create a caring environment for our students.” 

Each school within the UCDSB has a safe schools team working to promote a safer and more welcoming learning environment. Safe schools teams are encouraged to plan activities or launch initiatives that heighten awareness of bullying and its impact on the school community.

Through our safe schools teams, as well as providing staff training opportunities and promoting positive school climates, the UCDSB is committed to operating schools that ensure every student feels safe and supported. 

 

We encouraged everyone to learn more about the different forms bullying can take, including: 

  • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property 

  • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments 

  • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them 

  • Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.  

 

Some activities occurring at UCDSB schools during the week include: 


Below you'll find some resources to help parents and schools learn more about anti-bullying initiatives:

 

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For more information, please contact: 

April Scott-Clarke 
Manager of Communications 
Upper Canada District School Board 
(613) 342-0371 ext. 1188 

communications@ucdsb.on.ca 

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