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BIS ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

The BIS Community is committed to making our school a safe and caring environment for all students. We will treat each other with respect and refuse to tolerate bullying of any kind.

Definition:
“A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.” (Dan Olweus, 1993) This definition includes three important components:

1. Aggressive behaviour that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2. Pattern of behaviour repeated over time.
3. An imbalance of power or strength.

Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.
Bullying behaviours include the following:
· Hurting someone physically by hitting, kicking, tripping, or pushing
· Stealing or damaging another person’s things
· Ganging up on someone
· Teasing someone in a hurtful way
· Using put-downs, such as insulting someone’s race or making fun of someone for being a boy or a girl
· Touching or showing private body parts
· Spreading rumors or untruths about someone
· Leaving a person out on purpose, or trying to get other kids not to play with someone

Students at BIS are expected do the following things to prevent bullying:
· Treat each other respectfully
· Refuse to bully others
· Refuse to let others be bullied
· Refuse to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied
· Try to include everyone in play, especially those who are often left out
· Report bullying to an adult.

Teachers and staff are mandated to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at
school:
▪ Closely supervise students in all areas of the school and playground.
▪ Watch for signs of bullying and stop it when it happens.

BIS ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
▪ Respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports using the Four-A-Response process ( A ffirm Feelings, As k Questions, A ssess Safety, and Act by coaching child on what to do in the future).
▪ Look into all reported bullying incidents.

Consequences for Violation of the Anti-Bullying Policy
Depending on the severity and nature of the incident, BIS will take one or more of the following steps when bullying occurs:
▪ Intervention, Warning, and Redirection
A teacher, principal, or staff member will ensure that the immediate behavior stops and reinforce to the student that bullying will not be tolerated. During this meeting with the student, the staff member will redirect the student and come up with a plan for success, in case they find themselves in a similar situation in the future.
▪ Notification of Parents
School staff will notify the parents of involved students. The parents might be asked to meet with the principal or other members of the school staff, including the student’s teacher and/or the school counselor.
▪ Resolution with the Target of the Bullying
The student may be required to write a letter of apology to the student who was bullied. Depending upon the nature of the incident, the students involved may meet to help resolve the problem and ensure it does not happen again.
▪ Referral to Professional School Support Staff
The student may meet with the school counselor to help prevent future violations.
▪ Consequences
The student may serve one or more days of detention during recess, or lose school privileges.
▪ Suspension
In cases of severe or repeated bullying, the student may be suspended under school disciplinary policies.
PARENTS and STUDENTS: Sign the parent/student agreement. Please cut along the dotted line and send the agreement portion back to the teacher.

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British International School Anti- Bullying
Parent/Student Agreement