Bullying Prevention and Awareness

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to ensuring that our schools are safe, engaging, welcoming and inclusive for all students and staff. We have been fostering positive school climates, as part of our Board`s implementation of the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Operating Policy, based on the Ministry of Education`s 'Model Plan', released in January, 2013.

Halton Catholic schools join school boards across Ontario to recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week each year, to develop awareness and understanding of the factors that contribute to a safe, inclusive, caring and accepting school climate. Building a positive and inclusive school climate is a necessary condition for student success. 


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is considered bullying?
  • Bullying can take on different forms, including physical, verbal, social, and electronic means (also known as cyberbullying)
  • Can be a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to causes harm, fear and/or distress
  • Bullying can occur in a context of a real or perceived power imbalance
  • Students may differentiate themselves to attain power over others through their physical attributes, skill set, economic status, social status, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, race, etc

2. What can I do to support my child when he/she is being bullied?

Speak to your child and encourage him/her to speak to an adult in the school. You may also wish to contact your school principal directly and provide the full details of your concerns.

3. What programs are available in Halton Catholic schools to address bullying?
  • Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (P.A.L.S.) - a playground leadership program for schools to reduce the incidence of playground bullying
  • Peers Running Organized Play Station (PROPS) - encourages children to use their play time in the school yard by learning new games and activities, so that they are less likely to engage in bullying behaviour
  • Roots of Empathy - an evidence-based classroom program that aids in reducing levels of aggression, and increasing empathy and social/emotional competence in students
  • Tools for Life - builds relationship problem solving skills for children; 3 to 13 years of age

Please contact your school directly to find out the programs and services available to students in your school community.