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D.A.V. PUBLIC SCHOOL
Block-C, B.R.S. Nagar, Ludhiana
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Anti Bullying Policy  

This document is an affirmation of our faith in the equality of all students and reinforces our sense of purpose in creating a secure scholastic environment ,free from intimidation, harassment  and the menace of bullying. The ethos and the working philosophy of the school aims to inculcate respect for each other among students. In tune with our vision and mission, the school fosters high expectations of outstanding conduct  and any behavior that falls below this will be consistently and promptly challenged as soon as it is reported.

Objectives :

1. Creating awareness among all teaching and non-teaching staff, students and parents about the behavioral patterns that fall under the purview of bullying.

2. To apprise the parents and teachers about the distress signs and symptoms shown by the victim.

3.To declare the School’s stand on bullying and the strategies adopted to counteract and prevent any incident.

4. To disseminate information about the steps to be taken and the reporting procedure in case , any such incident happens.

5. To promote equality and bestow pastoral care conducive to healthy learning environment.

6. Enumerate the responsibilities of teachers, parents and students.

Bullying : Definition and purview

Bullying is unwanted , intentionally negative behavior , repeated over time, exhibited by an individual or a group that hurts another individual or group either physically , emotionally or psychologically. It may be related to race, gender, religion , culture , appearance or health condition .It can take place in classroom, playground, toilet, on journey to and from school, trips and cyberspace. Bullying is a crime and has far reaching consequences than normally perceived .

Bullying may be:

a) Physical : Kicking, pushing, punching , pinching, hitting, making mean/rude hand gestures.

b) Emotional : Sarcasm, stealing or damaging belongings, deliberate exclusion.

c) Relational :  Spreading malicious gossip and distasteful graffiti.

d) Direct or indirect Verbal : Name calling, teasing , embarrassing publicly, threatening, , taunting, offensive comments, ridiculing.

e) Cyber bullying : Example - Blue Whale game that drove many a weak willed children to suicide.

Distress signals :

  • Child’s unwillingness to attend school , erratic attendance.
  • Emotional and Academic deterioration.
  • Withdrawn, loss of appetite , nonspecific pains, feigning illness, nail biting.
  •  Impulsiveness, restlessness, irritability , stammering tendency
  • Reluctance to sit near other students.
  • Forgetfulness, distractibility, deterioration of work.
  • Stress manifested at home – insomnia, nightmares and bed wetting
  • Comes home hungry with damaged or lost possessions.
  • Nervousness and general change in attitude.

 ( Whilst these behaviours may be symptomatic of other problems- bullying may be one reason.)

What makes a bully ?

Understanding the mind of a bully and transforming it ,can stop bullying at the source. Imbalance of power of one person over another is the root cause. A flawed mindset can also make a child :

Succumb to the allure of power and authority.

.  Have a false sense of superiority complex and of being ‘cool’.

. Display aggression to hide own sense of insecurity.

. Have a tendency to refuse  to abide by societal guidelines.

. Bully under pressure to stave off bullying of self by other bigger bully.

School’s stand on Bullying :

  • The School labels bullying as a form of juvenile delinquency deserving urgent attention . It is a serious violation of individual rights and a grave threat to the self-esteem and self-confidence of the victim.
  • Being potentially damaging to the mental health of the victim and the perpetrator  , the school bears zero –tolerance to bullying.
  • Installation of complaint boxes at strategic locations, collection of feedback from discipline Incharges and following a proactive approach towards bullying.
  • Conducting awareness workshops, seminars and counselling sessions to train the staff professionally, to combat and eradicate bullying as a regular feature.
  • Resolving conflicts amicably and creating comfort zones for students to confide in without hesitation.
  • Bullying is neither to be ignored , nor to be condoned.
  • We aim for a ‘Pro active Whole School Approach’ that involves the administrators, teachers , non academic staff , students, parents and guardians to fight the wrong societal prejudices.

Reporting Procedure

Whom to tell

                                              1. Any teacher in the close vicinity of the occurrence of the incident of bullying/       

2. Class Teacher

3. Trusted friend who will speak to the class teacher/

4. School Discipline Committee.

How to tell 

1.Verbal communication to class teacher/ any teacher/

2. Phone call to class teacher/

3. Inform parents and they speak to the class teacher/

4. Email school/

5. Witnesses can inform the class teacher.

Action

1. The  class teacher shall call the parents of the bully and the bullied for sorting out the matter amicably.

2. If the above efforts  fail to yield any result , the matter shall be handled by the School Discipline Committee . The Committee  will try to make the bully see sense through counselling and reserves the right to issue the ‘Yellow Card’ to the bully as a written warning ,to assuage the hurt of the victim. Issuing of Yellow Card shall put the rapport between the bully and the bullied under strict observation of class teacher and all subject teachers.

3. If the ‘Yellow Card’ fails to deter the bully, the matter shall be reported to the Principal. In the face of above , all efforts of the school shall be directed at responding to the specific needs of the bullied and the bully . All incidents of bullying will be discussed with the relevant staff and the parents of the children involved ,paying due regard to the well being of both sides. Besides calling the parents and making the Committee record the occurrence, the Principal reserves the right to suspend the bully for a day. Repeated bullying may invite suspension from the school and  School Leaving Certificate may be issued in extreme cases. The School’s procedure of investigating an incident of confirmed bullying , follow up, intervention strategies and actions taken by the school to resolve the conflict with in a stipulated time frame , shall be chronicled in a bully log-book.

Strategies to promote Equality

To achieve the desired outcome , the school focuses on

a) Promoting teaching-learning strategies that challenge bullying.

b) Developing a school culture that is welcoming of difference and diversity , based on inclusivity and encourages students to disclose and discuss issues of bullying in a non-threatening environment.

c) Denouncing any behavior that impinges on the individual’s right to live with dignity.

d) Sensitizing students towards the concept of fairness and collaboration through seminars , talk shows, contemplative lectures and presentations and

developing a positive sense of self worth through formal and informal interactions.

e) Promoting the value of equitability to address the issues of prejudice and stereotyping and highlight unacceptability of bullying behavior.

Rights and Responsibilities

For all

Never be bullied into silence. Do not let anyone dull your sparkle.

Accept no one’s definition of your life. Define yourself.

Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.

Be a buddy , not a bully.

Laugh with people , not at people .

Wrong is wrong ,even if every one is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it. Watching someone getting bullied is ‘passive bullying’. Develop a sense of empathy and engage in responsible reporting . Being neutral in situations of injustice makes you side with the oppressor by default.

Teachers’ Responsibilities

1. Paying due attention to all reports of bullying and addressing each situation in line with the laid down procedure.

2. Lending a patient ear to the traumatized child as venting out fear , repression and bottled up emotions brings some relief.

3. Developing positive partnership with parents.

4. Implementing prevention and intervention strategies that build a safe learning environment

5. Empowering students to deal with conflict in constructive ways.

6. Reinforcing the repercussions of bullying through various areas of curriculum.

7. Inculcating positive leadership – Strong people stand up for themselves but the strongest ones stand up for others.

Parents’ Responsibilities

1. Watching out anguish-signals that their child may be getting bullied

2. Notifying the school if they think their child is displaying bullying behavior and co operate with the school in addressing the problem.

3. Ensuring that their wards use social media safely under adult supervision.

4. Never approaching a student or the parents of a student to intervene in behavioural issues.

5. Explaining the implications of bullying on the mindset of the victim as well as perpetrator to their ward.

6. Maintaining regular contact with their ward’s teachers.

7. Instilling a sense of self worth in their wards- No one can make you surrender your dignity and belittle you without your consent.

The onus to halt any downward societal trend is on all of us, the stake holders. Let us not allow it to spiral out of control and end in tragedy. Setting an example for the model code of behavior is our shared responsibility, and discharging it with aplomb, a national obligation.