Olweus Bullying Prevention

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Your child’s school will be using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.  This research-based program reduces bullying in schools.  It also helps to make school a safer, more positive place where students can learn.  Although this program takes place at school, we need your help too.  You can talk about bullying and our school’s anti-bullying rules at home with your child.  We want to work with you to prevent and stop bullying from happening in our schools.

Our school rules:

  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
  3. We will try to include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

What is bullying?

Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.  Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, verbal harassment, spreading false rumors, not letting someone be part of the group, and sending nasty messages on a cell phone or over the internet.

What is the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program?

The Olwues Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) prevents or reduces bullying in elementary, middle, and high schools (with students ages five to fifteen). OBPP is not a curriculum, but a program that deals with bullying at school-wide, classroom, individual, and community levels.  Here is what happens at each level:

School-wide

  • Teachers and staff will be trained to use the program and deal with bullying problems.
  • A school-wide committee will oversee the program.
  • All students will follow the four anti-bullying rules listed above.
  • Staff will make sure that all areas of our school where bullying is likely to occur are being watched.
  • There may be school-wide parent meeting and parent and student events.

In the Classroom

  • The four anti-bullying rules will be taught in all classrooms.
  • Class meetings will be held where students talk about what bullying is.  Students will learn why bullying should not happen.  They will also learn to ask an adult for help if they see or experience bullying.
  • Teachers will use positive and negative consequences for following and not following the four anti-bullying rules.
  • Teachers will work to make the classroom a positive place for students.

For Individuals Who Bully or Who Are Bullied

  • Teachers and other staff will be trained to deal with bullying situations and the students involved.
  • Students who bully others will be given consequences as soon as possible.
  • Students who are bullied will be supported by staff.
  • Teachers and other staff will contact the parents of students who bully and students who are bullied.

In the Community

  • Our school will be looking for ways to develop partnerships with community members and carry the anti-bullying message community-wide.
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