In January 2013, our school began implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Through this program students are discouraged from being a silent bystander to bullying, and are encouraged to help someone who is bullied. This help might involve reporting an incident to an adult, telling the bully to stop and leave their classmate alone, or befriending the bullied child so that he/she feels supported. This is not something that is usually easy for children to do. It takes courage and social skills. Through regular class meetings, children engage in character education and learn strategies and skills to help someone who is being bullied.
We all know that children are going to make mistakes. It is an inevitable part of the learning and growing process. Generally, low-level behavior issues are swiftly dealt with by the classroom teacher or staff member present. It may involve providing the child with a verbal reminder or a minor consequence (flipping a card on a behavior chart or loss of privilege.) When a child engages in a repeated behavior or a significant behavior issue, it may be necessary to have a more significant consequence, parental notification and communication, and/or involvement by the administration.
In support of the Olweus program, Nativity has outlined a disciplinary program to address bullying incidents of the anti-bullying rules. With that in mind, please remember that the emphasis of the program is to encourage considerate and respectful behavior to one another, which ties beautifully with our Christian values.
The disciplinary program takes many factors into account. It is tiered based on the severity of the offense, the age/grade of the child as well as the number of offenses. In all situations, the priority is for the concern and safety of the children. And in all cases, the children involved will be spoken to individually and privately.
Below you will find “My School Rules About Bullying” and the Guidelines for the Olweus Anti-Bullying Code of Conduct. Understand that this disciplinary program addresses bullying only and does not replace the existing disciplinary program of the school. When a child chooses to engage in repeated negative behavior or a significant behavior choice the Level One, Two, and/or Three consequences will take place. We have also attached the “Reflection” and “Think About It “ forms. These are also referred to in the Olweus Anti –Bullying Code of Conduct guidelines. Our emphasis and focus is in educating the child on the impact that their words and actions can have on others. Through this reflection exercise, the child will have the opportunity to take ownership of the behavior and have a better understanding of the effects of the behavior.
Thank you for your support as we continue using the Olweus Anti-Bullying Code of Conduct we have adopted. We look forward to this continuing to have a positive impact on our school climate.
Miss Frost and the The OBPCC (Olweus Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee)
Important OLWEUS Documents: