November 21-27 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.
As a Catholic school community, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is committed to fostering safe and inclusive learning environments by addressing bullying and working towards prevention.
Our board holds sacred the view that each child is created in the image of God. Every person is to be treated with dignity and respect. Every student has the right to be safe and to feel respected in and around the school. Guided by the teachings of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the HWCDSB is committed to school environments where each member feels valued, respected, and has a sense of belonging with the goal of enabling all learners to realize the fullness of humanity.
The HWCDSB recognizes that bullying is detrimental to the entire school community. Bullying impacts not solely the victim, but also the one who bullies as well as the bystander. Bullying can lead to more long-term social and emotional problems. Bullying, including cyber bullying, is a serious issue and is not tolerated in a Catholic school environment, at school-related activities, on or off school property.
Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.
During Bullying Awareness and Prevention week, HWCDSB students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.
Resources:School Mental Health OntarioPHE Canada – Teach ResiliencyKids Help PhoneCOPA – Adult and Children Together (ACT) bullying prevention programCanadian Safe School NetworkOperation Respect: Don’t Laugh at MePREVNet