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Safe and Accepting Schools


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​​​​Catholic Community, Culture and Caring Initiatives 2017-18


Online Reporting Tool:  The online reporting tool is now available board-wide and has proven useful.  It can be found on every school website and is intended for Dufferin-Peel students to report bullying incidents and negative behaviours impacting the school community.

CCCC School Climate Survey: Catholic Community, Culture and Caring (CCCC) School Climate Survey is administered every two years to elementary and secondary students. The survey was administered during the 2016-2017 school year. The results help us to determine areas of planning focus with regards to safety, well-being, equity and inclusivity in our school communities for 2017-18.​

CCCC School Climate Teams: School teams have been developed in response to our Catholic Board Learning Plan’s call to create safe, inclusive, caring environments.  These teams share and develop safe school strategies based on the results from the School Climate surveys, Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and Virtues program.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week (November 19-25, 2017): A faith resource package containing prayers, reflections and a liturgy was distributed to schools. This aids in increasing bullying awareness with a focus on creating Catholic community, culture and caring.  All Dufferin-Peel Catholic students and staff join together in one minute of silence in recognition of all victims of bullying, including bystanders. 

Stand Up Against Bullying Poster Campaign:  A series of posters created by Dufferin-Peel students are distributed to all schools every November for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. Each poster incorporates the header, “Stand Up Against Bullying”, as well as, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4-5)​. The posters can be viewed on the Board website​.


​#DPStandUp Twitter Campaign: During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2017, Dufferin-Peel is inviting all schools to share their events demonstrating how Dufferin-Peel Stand’s Up to Bullying. Schools are encouraged to capture their events in pictures and video and post them on twitter using the hashtag #DPStandUp. Let’s join together to Stand Up Against Bullying in Dufferin-Peel!


CrimeStoppers:
Peel Regional Police are available to present to secondary schools to ensure students know how to report in order to feel safe in school and in the community. Contact: board@peelcrimestoppers.ca


Youth Cyber Safety Academy: An initiative for Gr. 5 students with a focus on cyberbullying and digital responsibility.  In partnership with the Peel District School Board, Peel Regional Police, Sheridan College and other community partners, this initiative is designed to promote safe internet practices and digital discipleship. Book Online

What if Everybody Did Something? Poster/Video Campaign: Working in partnership with Peel Regional Police and the Peel District School Board, the What if Everybody did Something? Poster/Video Contest is for secondary students to create Cyberbullying Awareness posters and videos. ​For more information, visit the Contest WebsiteLast year’s winning posters and videos can be found on the board website.

School Safety Planning: The School Safety Committee is a group of community partners working together to increase safety in the Region of Peel. Traffic congestion continues to increase in our communities; health and safety of our students are paramount concerns in these times.  Dufferin-Peel has worked with a variety of community partners such as Peel Regional Police, Peel District School Board, Peel Health, Bike Brampton, to promote walking and biking to school with continued momentum. The benefits of walking and physical activity is positively linked to physical and mental health, as well as academic performance. A series of three short videos have been created through this partnership to support the work our schools are doing in helping parents understand the importance of using Kiss’n Ride safely, reducing traffic congestion and finding alternative ways of getting to school. Join us in the upcoming WINTER WALK DAY on February 1, 2017



Safety is Everyone's Responsibility 


Equity in Pedagogy Workshop Series: This three-part workshop series addresses a variety of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion within the context of creating Catholic conditions for learning. Participants are challenged to re-think the manner in which they deliver curriculum, address student needs and respond to our diverse communities. The series aims to create a safe and inclusive space where participants come together as a professional learning community. Through inquiry based learning, staff have an opportunity to dialogue, share, learn and develop strategies to address current issues and topics surrounding equity and inclusivity within our DPCDSB community. 


Mental Health and Well-Being: A Guiding Framework (2014-2017): Positive mental health, aligned to Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy For Education and placed within a Catholic context, is embedded in everything we do at Dufferin-Peel. The Board fosters Catholic learning environments that focus on strength-based approaches within the classroom, promoting resiliency, self-regulation, problem-solving, and social emotional learning—strategies that are essential for all students. Over this past year, the Guiding Framework has continued to support and nurture a Catholic culture of well-being and achievement. Examples of related activities include engaging student voice in mental health and well-being, creating a suicide safe community and building the responsive capacity of schools (e.g., through safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training/ASIST), and continuing to support students experiencing mental health challenges. Promoting positive mental health and well-being requires attention and commitment at all levels and will continue to be an essential component of the Board System Improvement Learning Cycle moving forward.  

More information on Safe and Accepting Schools


Resources:


Creating Safe and Accepting Schools: Information for Parents about the Accepting Schools Act (Bill 13)

Promoting a Positive School Climate: A Resource for Schools

Shaping A Culture of Respect in Our Schools: Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships

Archbishop Romero C.S.S. - District Suspension/Expulsion Programs (2013/14)

DPCDSB Suspension Appeal Guidelines for Parents & Guardians

 

Links:

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peel

Rainbows Canada

Peel Children's Centre

Canadian Mental Health Association

Peel Public Health

Associated Youth Services of Peel

HEAL Network

Boys and Girls Clubs of Peel

Kids Help Phone

African Community Services of Peel

Rapport Youth and Family Services

Brampton-Caledon Community Living

Caledon Community Services

Caledon/Dufferin Victim Services

Dufferin Child and Family Services

YMCA

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin

Nexus Youth Services

Peel Multicultural Council

Peel Regional Police

Community Centres:
Brampton
Mississauga
Caledon
Orangeville
 
Office of Catholic Youth

Ministry of Education

Covenant House

Vita Centre

Canadian Safe Schools Network

Institute for Catholic Education

Ministry of Child Youth Services

Archbishop Romero C.S.S.

Youth Justice Services

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