The Sudbury Catholic District School Board is committed to the development of the whole person and to providing a total education — spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social — in which the true worth of each person is recognized and promoted.
The Board is committed to maintaining safe, inclusive and accepting schools and workplaces, free from violence, harm and disruption. Building a positive and inclusive school climate requires a commitment to developing healthy and respectful relationships throughout the whole school and community, among and between students and adults.
Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
At St. Benedict C.S.S. we are committed to making our Catholic school a place where:
- Students, parents, teachers and other school staff have the right to be safe, and to feel safe, welcomed and accepted;
- Healthy and respectful relationships based on Christ's teachings are promoted among all members of the school community;
- Students are encouraged to be leaders;
- Students, staff, parents and community members are expected to be positive role models and actively engaged;
- Positive behaviour is reinforced and celebrated;
- The Catholic Graduate Expectations are emphasized and support the improvement of learning outcomes for all students;
- Everyone is respected and valued.
See the St. Benedict C.S.S. Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan.
Code of Conduct
A code of conduct promotes responsibility, respect, civility, and academic excellence in a safe, inclusive and accepting learning and teaching environment.
These standards of behaviour apply to students whether they are on school property, on school buses, at school related events or activities or in other circumstances that can have an impact on the school climate. They also apply to all individuals involved in our Catholic schools: principals, teachers, other school staff, parents, volunteers and community groups.
See the St. Benedict C.S.S. Code of Conduct
See the St. Benedict Elementary Code of Conduct
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a free, anonymous and confidential phone and on-line professional counselling service for youth. Big or small concerns. 24/7. 365 days a year. Learn more...
Definition of Bullying
Bullying: Aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by any member of the school community where, (a) the behaviour is intended by the person to have the effect of, or the person ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have the effect of,
(i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individualís reputation or harm to the individualís property, or (ii) creating a negative environment at a school for another individual, and
(b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the person and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education;
For the purposes of the definition of bullying in subsection (1), behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means.
For the purposes of the definition of bullying in subsection (1), bullying includes
bullying by electronic means (commonly known as cyber-bullying), including,
(a) creating a web page or a blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person; (b) impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; and (c) communicating material electronically (e.i. text messaging, snap chat, instagram, etc.) to more than one individual or posting material on a website (i.e. facebook, twitter, etc.) that may be accessed by one or more individuals.
Safe & Accepting Schools at SCDSB
The Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet)
Policy/Program Memorandum No.144: Bullying Prevention and Intervention
Policy/Program Memorandum No.145: Progressive Discipline and Promoting Positive Student Behaviour
Toolkit for Safe, Inclusive and Accepting Schools on the Ontario's Institute for Education Leadership website
Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy
Policy/Program Memorandum No.119: Developing and Implementing Equity and Inclusive Education Policies in Ontario Schools
Ontario's Parent Engagement Policy