Safe Schools

Each school in Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) has a safe schools team responsible for school safety. The team is composed of at least one student, where appropriate, one parent, one teacher, one support staff member, one community partner, and the principal. The team also has a staff chair. The safe school team is responsible for the ongoing implementation and monitoring of prevention and intervention programs and procedures related to bullying.


Bullying is not accepted at Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS).

The Ministry definition of Bullying is aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a pupil where the behaviour is intended to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behaviour would have the effect of, causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm to the individual's reputation or harm to the individual's property or that creates a negative environment at the school for another individual. 

This behaviour occurs in a context where their is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual. Incidents of bullying should be reported to any staff member at MVDHS or directly to the school administration.

Interventions to bullying situations are consistent with a progressive discipline approach. The strategies range from early and ongoing interventions to more intensive interventions in cases of persistent bullying.  Bullying is one of the infractions for which a principal may consider suspension from school.

Please read our code of conduct for further information.


Harassment is words, conduct or action that is directed at an individual and serves no legitimate purpose and which annoys, alarms or causes that individual emotional distress.  Harassment occurs when an individual is repeatedly singled out for serious mistreatment, which may include threats, bullying, verbal assault, taunting, ostracizing or violent gestures or actions. Like bullying, harassment is related to real or perceived power over others.

In adherence with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the RCDSB policy is that every teacher, other staff members, parents or guardians, volunteers, and students have a right to freedom from harassment in the workplace and school system because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, record of offences, marital status, family status, employment status or disability. Incidents of harassment can be reported to any staff member or directly to the school administration.

Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment

Every student needs to be responsible for their words and actions and the way they can make other students feel. There are no excuses for sexual harassment: it is illegal.

Sexual harassment is:

  • Unwanted, uninvited, sexual attention
  • May involve remarks, gestures, sounds or actions of a sexual nature that make a person feel unsafe, degraded or uncomfortable
  • An intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment

If you are experiencing sexual harassment, write down what is happening: dates, times, locations, details, witnesses and request help and support to stop the harassment from someone you trust.  Such issues should be reported to the school administration.

Inappropriate Displays of Affection

As in a place of business, inappropriate kissing and embracing is not acceptable in the school setting.