CISBC (Catholic Independent Schools of British Columbia) has developed a student Code of Conduct and Anti-Bullying policies that reflect the concerns in today’s world. Policies alone do not bring about change. Hearts, minds, and souls should be centered on respect for the human person.
This is founded on the great two commandments Jesus expounds in St. Matthew’s account Chapter 22 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and the second is like it, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” and this will bring about change.
With this in mind, CISBC is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for all it’s students. Through the school’s Religious Education programs, opportunities for leadership, and its clubs and organizations, we provide our students with opportunities that promote respect for each other and love of your neighbour.
Message to Parents and Students
At our Catholic Schools, we teach students to be ‘Christ-like’ and respectful toward others. At times, a student may feel bullied by others and that is when we as a Catholic Community are called to assist them. At our Catholic Schools, we treat each report of bullying seriously, to ensure student safety and to do ‘what Christ expects of us’.
To assist in this process, we teach and ask that students continue to report any concerns directly to adults within the school community, so it can be dealt with. Each report of bullying will be listened to and acted upon. Many times, issues are resolved with problem solving sessions, a plan with strategies for home and at school, or the involvement of others. In addition, students may report anonymously using a tool initiated by the BC provincial government under the banner of ERASE (Expect Respect and a Safe Education). This online tool permits individuals to report bullying. The link to the site is as follows:
The site will be monitored regularly and reports received will be sent directly to administrators at the school level.
We welcome your input and suggestions as we implement this new reporting tool at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage parents to be involved with their school Parent Support Groups and School Councils to hear more about ERASE and steps being take to support safe schools and communities.
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