Below are the steps we take to prevent bullying and handle bullying situations.
1. Our Family Service Specialist and Building Principal meet with students at the beginning of the school year to discuss what bullying is, how it makes people feel, and to set the expectation that bullying cannot happen. We also reward students throughout the year for positive acts and highlight "kind" behavior.
2. If a child is reported for bullying, he or she is put on Tier 1 of our school wide bullying plan. Tier 1 is a meeting with the principal and a warning. The family service specialist is also notified of the event.
3. If a child is reported bullying again, he or she is put on Tier 2 of our school wide bullying plan. Tier 2 is a meeting with the building principal and family service specialist, a phone call home to the parent, a written apology to the victim, and a final warning to the bully.
4. If a child is reported bullying for the third time, the building principal will use discretion as to the consequence. A consequence may include a suspension from school depending on the situation. Parents will be notified as well. The bully will be required to successfully complete three meetings with the family service specialist. Also, a meeting with parents and family service specialist will be requested to discuss the child's actions and plan for the future.
Below is a link to a helpful website on bullying. Please contact our Family Service Specialist, Mrs. Stordahl if you have any further questions or need additional information related to bullying.