The effects of bullying behaviour on students’ learning, and on their spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological health are well recognized. Bullying runs counter to our Catholic values of respect, inclusion and social responsibility.
At the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), we believe that schools and families working together can make a difference. By encouraging collective responsibility, our schools can become safe and welcoming communities where students feel secure, valued and free to develop to their full potential.
Learn more about the definition of bullying and cyberbulling:
The TCDSB and the Government of Ontario have instituted policies and program memoranda in place to support bullying prevention and intervention in schools:
A variety of internal and external resources are available to families in relation to bullying awareness, prevention and intervention.
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is the third week of November. 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, Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being. Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms that bullying can take.
During this week, the TCDSB Safe Schools Department hosts Student Ambassador Symposiums for both the elementary and secondary panels. Topics related to healthy relationships and promoting safe, positive and inclusive school climates are discussed.