The Ontario Ministry of Education has provided the following definition of bullying:
"Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance."
The staff at Julie Payette Public school is committed to providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe, inclusive, and accepting school climate that supports academic achievement for all students and that helps students reach their full potential. Bullying of any kind is not tolerated. If bullying does occur, students need to report it and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
At Julie Payette, the following activities take place to promote bully prevention:
- participation in National Pink Shirt Day
- participation in school wide Pink Shirt Day (last Wednesday of each month)
- Character Education embedded in daily activities
- Explicit teaching of behaviour expectation
- Progressive Discipline
- Restorative Practice
- Ongoing staff training