Students need a worry-free environment in order to do their very best in school. Unfortunately, teasing and bullying are facts of life for our students. While these actions are not prevalent, any incident can be discouraging to a child and disruptive to the learning process. The learning of appropriate social skills is a vital part of the educational process.
Bullying can include behaviors initiated by one or more students against a victim that are deliberate and hurtful, and are repeated over time. The key components of bullying are that it is unprovoked and that the physical or psychological intimidation occurs repeatedly over time and creates a pattern of harassment or abuse. Consequences for a student who commits an act of harassment or bullying shall be unique to the individual incident and will vary in method and severity according to the nature of the behavior, the developmental age of the student, and the student’s history of problem behaviors. Actions taken shall be designed to:
- Correct the problem behavior
- Prevent another occurrence of the behavior
- Protect the victim of the act
- Help the student understand how the other person feels
We believe it is imperative for the home and school to work harmoniously in helping students evolve into responsible individuals who can demonstrate good character traits while weighing the rights and interest of others at the same time. This learning related to character developments is as important as academic achievement. Parents, students, teachers, and administrators contribute to a positive environment where children feel safe and have an opportunity to learn. Developing good character traits will allow students to learn empathy and celebrate everyone’s achievements. It is our goal to ensure our school environment is a place where students want to be and where they see themselves as capable of success.
If a student needs help resolving a conflict or if a student feels that he/she is being bullied, he/she should communicate with his/her teacher, one of our school counselors, or administration.