Culture & Climate
OLWEUS - Bullying Prevention
OLWEUS is a research-based framework that we use to prevent bully-like behavior in our school. It is designed for all students, and it is both preventive AND responsive in nature. OLWEUS requires on-going and systematic efforts by all adults and students in our building to establish a strong culture and climate of respect and responsibility in our school. We empower students to stop mean and hurtful behavior by teaching them strategies they can use to Stand Up and Step Up instead of standing by without taking action.
OLWEUS is NOT a curriculum, a conflict resolution or peer mediation approach, an anger management program, or a suicide prevention program.
OLWEUS IS a framework that invites all staff and all students to actively invest in making our school climate a place that is safe for all to learn.
OLWEUS Bullying Definition
“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.”
The portion in bold is what we embed into daily instruction with students. When a mean or hurtful incident is observed or reported, a staff member will talk with both the alleged offender and the victim. The offender will serve a lunchtime detention the following day if the incident was witnessed by a staff member or if the offender admits to acting in a mean and hurtful manner. Phone calls will be made to both students’ homes by that same staff member, and they will also follow up with both the offender and the victim a few days later to ensure that the mean and hurtful behavior has not continued. Each incident is also tracked to allow our guidance counselor to invite students to participate in friendship groups based on patterns of students involved in offender or victim roles.
Our School Rules about Bullying
- We will not bully others.
- We will try to help students who are bullied.
- We will try to include students who are left out.
- If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
- Ask your child to share what they’re learning about bullying or mean and hurtful behavior with you.
- Encourage your child to be a TRUE FRIEND...there will be many activities and discussions focused around friendship throughout the school year.
- Remind your child that if they (or a friend) are being treated in a mean and hurtful manner, they need to tell an adult at school and an adult at home RIGHT AWAY. If your child is reporting incidents to you, but not to someone at school, we need to know about it!
(Positive Behavior Intervention Supports)
PBIS is a framework that focuses on the positive aspects of behavior by supporting students in making choices that are consistent with school-wide expectations. Staff members encourage students to continue making positive choices in their everyday lives.
We have 3 School-wide Expectations:
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
- Be Safe
Part of PBIS is celebrating positive behavior choices throughout the school year. Students receive Bulldog Tags in recognition of good behavior choices. There is a celebration each 9-weeks for all students who have earned 50 or more tags. Students with extra tags can “spend” them for special privileges or activities beyond the 9-week celebrations. We also keep track of how many tags have been earned by the student body as a whole. Every time we earn 25,000 tags, EVERYONE enjoys a school-wide celebration!