CBE Releases Independent Bullying Review

Oct. 16, 2019

The CBE has received the independent internal review conducted by Dr. Kent Donlevy.  The purpose of the review was to measure the effectiveness of the CBE’s policy framework and practices to address bullying in CBE schools.  

I want to thank Dr. Donlevy for conducting this important review. Bullying is an issue that the CBE takes extremely seriously. The safety and well-being of each student is our top priority, and we are carefully reviewing the findings and related recommendations to see how we can do better.  

Overall, Dr. Donlevy found that that bullying as defined by the Education Act* is rare in CBE schools. He also reported that CBE regulations and practices to address bullying are fundamentally sound. Based on the results of the review, we are confident that our schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe places to learn.  

But we do have some work to do. Dr. Donlevy concluded that we do not have a common understanding related to bullying and its definition. As a school division, we need to further support our staff, students and parents to build this understanding of bullying and how to address it consistently. Dr. Donlevy also recommended that the CBE make certain amendments to our policies and processes to improve clarity, and to offer additional training and support to staff. 

Identifying and addressing bullying is important work that touches all of us. Bullying is not just a CBE issue; it is a societal issue that requires our collective effort. Today, and every day, we continue to work with staff, students, parents and families and all our partners to support student well being. Positive relationships are key to student success, and our well-being for learning goal supports this.

While we are currently studying the review and its recommendations, a number of steps are already being taken to address this issue within our schools. For example:


  • All schools have ​been asked to identify a well-being goal in their school development plans this year. Well being encompasses students’ social/emotional, physical and mental well being.
  • Schools have reviewed existing policies and regulations to build common understanding.


Over the course of the 2019-20 school year, we will continue to have conversations with students, parents, and staff to learn from their experiences and to seek their input and suggestions for improvement. Together with the findings and recommendations in Dr. Donlevy’s review, this will inform our work going forward.

If you are concerned about the way your child is feeling at school, talk to your child’s teacher. Regular communication with schools is critical to identifying and addressing any issues as early as possible.

Resources for students, staff, parents and families are available on our website:

Bullying Prevention

Positive Mental Health

AR 6031 – Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning and Work Environments

AR 6005 – Student Code of Conduct

AR 5007 – Concerns and Complaints

AR 6006 – Progressive Student Discipline

AR 6007 – Suspension and Expulsion

AR 3010​ – Student Suicide Intervention

Christopher Usih
Chief Superintendent of Schools

 What is bullying?

*Bullying means repeated and hostile or demeaning behavior by an individual in the school community where the behavior is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community, including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation.
-Education Act 

Bullying can take different forms including: 
  • ​Physical 
  • Verbal 
  • Social 
  • Cyber 
​Bullying is not a normal part of growing up and does not build character.