In 2012, Bill 56/Law 19, “An Act to Prevent and Stop Bullying and Violence in Schools” was passed in Quebec. As a result, an Anti-Bullying & Anti-Violence Plan (ABAV) must be maintained in every school to prevent all forms of bullying, violence and sexual violence. The following is a summary of the elements of our ABAV Plans, based on the requirements outlined in Law 19. Contact your school to obtain a copy of their ABAV Plan.
BULLYING is any repeated direct or indirect behaviour (including use of cyberspace), intended to hurt, oppress, intimidate or ostracize, where there is an imbalance of power between the persons involved.
Incidents such as fighting, conflicts, teasing, rudeness, being mean, having a tantrum/meltdown, an accident that causes harm, are NOT considered bullying unless these conditions are met.
Measures in place to prevent bullying and violence (including acts motivated by racism, homophobia, targeting of sexual orientation, sexual identity, disability, or a physical characteristic) in NFSB (New Frontiers School Board) schools include:
The following measures are in place to facilitate collaboration from parents/guardians:
An incident of bullying and/or violence can be reported verbally (in person or by phone) or in writing (by email or by letter addressed to school administration). The procedures for reporting and/or intervening in an incident at school (including extracurricular activities) include, but are not limited to the following:
It is the responsibility of school staff to use challenging situations as opportunities to help students improve their social and emotional skills, accept personal responsibility for their learning environment, and understand consequences of poor choices and behaviours. Supervisory and support measures are applied on a case-by-case basis.
Consequences may be applied alongside remediation measures (which may include reflection on behaviours, learning pro-social skills and making amends to those affected). Examples of measures to supervise and/or support may include:
For Student Bystanders
The school may contact the parent(s)/guardian(s) of bystanders.
Based on the severity and/or frequency of incident(s), at the discretion of the principal, the following disciplinary and/or corrective/ supportive actions may include, but are not limited to:
Follow-Up on Any Report or Complaint
The principal ensures that each incident is documented and that all communications, intervention protocols and remedial measures have been completed. The principal will confirm that the bullying/violence has ceased. Parents/guardians dissatisfied with the course of action taken by the principal will be referred to the complaints process of the NFSB.
NFSB schools ensure confidentiality of all parties.