Safe and Accepting School Plans

Throughout the school year, schools at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board work to build a positive school climate where all students feel safe to learn and grow. This includes strategies, activities and initiatives throughout the year and during Bullying Prevention Week.

You can view the Safe and Accepting School Plan for your school by visiting their school website. Below are important ways the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board promotes a safe and positive environment for all.

Positive School Climate

A school should be a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. A positive school climate is a crucial component of the prevention of inappropriate behaviour. Programs and activities that focus on the building of healthy relationships, a safe, inclusive, and accepting learning environment, and positive peer relations provide the foundation. These supportive strategies and empowerment programs are the basis for creating a positive school climate. 

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan/Strategies

Providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe, inclusive, and accepting school climate is a shared responsibility and a key goal of the SMCDSB. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, included, and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and interactions. Principles of equity and inclusive education are embedded in the learning environment to support a positive school climate and a culture of mutual respect so that all students reach their full potential. A positive school climate is a crucial component of bullying prevention.

For resources see the Ministry Prevention/Intervention Plan and PPM 144 

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (the Board) recognizes that school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. All classroom, school, and system teaching and learning environments are committed to establishing and promoting safe, welcoming, inclusive, and accepting learning spaces where all feel a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging. This forms the basis for the creation of the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan as required by the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ontario Education Act.

View the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (PDF).

Progressive Discipline

A whole-school progressive discipline approach combines prevention and intervention strategies and discipline with opportunities for students to continue their education. When inappropriate behaviour occurs, disciplinary measures should be applied within a framework that shifts the focus from one that is solely punitive to one that is both corrective and supportive. Schools should utilize a range of interventions, supports and consequences that include learning opportunities focused on reinforcing positive behaviour and helping students make good choices. 

For resources see the SMCDSB Policy LE-06 Code of Conduct, Policy LE-16 Student Discipline and Safety of Students and PPM 145