Safe Schools

Safe, Inclusive and Accepting Schools

The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board proclaims that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and, as such, that all people have the right to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness. The Board recognizes that a positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, included and accepted and actively promote positive behaviours and interactions. A safe, inclusive, and accepting learning environment enables students to reach their full academic and spiritual potential.

    Accepting Schools Act

    The Accepting Schools Act came into full force on February 1, 2013. The main purposes of this legislation and subsequent provincial policy statements are to strengthen equity and inclusive education principles, bullying prevention and intervention strategies, and progressive discipline strategies. This act is a part of the Ministry of Education’s Comprehensive Action Plan for accepting schools. View our Board’s Safe and Accepting Schools Plan.

    Code of Conduct

    Ontario’s Code of Conduct sets out clear standards of behaviour that apply to everyone in the school community, including students, parents and guardians, teachers or other staff members, volunteers, visitors, and third-party groups which are using school facilities. The Code of Conduct applies on school property, on school buses, during school-related activities, and in any other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate.

    View Ontario’s Code of Conduct

    View our Board’s Code of Conduct

    Progressive Discipline

    Our Board recognizes that progressive discipline involves a whole-school approach that makes use of a continuum of prevention programs, interventions, supports, and consequences that build skills for healthy relationships and promotes respectful student behaviour.

    The Board also recognizes that inappropriate student behaviour, including bullying, must be addressed in a way that is both supportive and corrective and that takes into consideration mitigating and other circumstances.

    View our Board’s Student Behaviour, Discipline and Safety Policy #200.09


    Bullying Prevention and Intervention

    Bullying is an aggressive and typically repeated behaviour intended to have the effect of:

    • causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the individual’s property, or
    • creating a negative environment at a school for another individual

    Bullying behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the perpetrator and the victim based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, economic or social status, religion, ethnic origin, gender, race, disability or the receipt of special education.

    For the purposes of the definition of bullying, behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means.

    Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.

    View our Board’s Student Behaviour, Discipline and Safety Policy #200.09

    School and Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment and Intervention Protocol

    Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board Risk/Threat Assessment Notification:

    Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board is committed to a vision to engage, support and inspire all learners to achieve and succeed. Safety in schools is fundamental to learning and well-being for all students. Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and maintaining safe, caring, and accepting school environments. As a result, the Board will respond to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the school community through the process of violence threat risk assessment. The effective implementation of the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol will support collaborative planning to prevent traumatic events. In addition, the timely sharing of information about students at risk for violence towards self and/or others will ensure that supportive plans are put in place for the student and school community. The goal of this protocol is to remove, or reduce as far as possible, any threats to the safety of students, parents, school staff, other persons, the school, or other buildings or property, that arise from any actions engaged in, by students or their peers, on school property or in the community. A vision of violence prevention in our schools and neighbourhoods is a community responsibility. All partners are accountable and have a shared obligation to take active steps to prevent and reduce threats and acts of violence in our schools and community. This means the timely sharing of information, advice, and support to assist in the prevention of violence.

    Contact Us

    Please contact the principal of your child’s school if you have inquiries regarding our Student Behaviour, Discipline and Safety policies or procedures.

    You can also contact the Superintendent of Education for Safe and Accepting Schools, at:

    Catholic Education Centre
    322 Fairview Drive, P.O. Box 217
    Brantford, ON N3T 5M8

    Office Phone: 519.756.6505
    Call: 519.756.6505 Ext. 11232

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