Bullying Prevention at Youngs Grove Elementary School
Statement of Intent
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind isunacceptable at our school. At Youngs Grove, we have implemented the P.A.W.S.approach to bullying – a concept that aligns with our school-wide behavior plan.
P.A.W.S. will be implemented throughout the entire school. Faculty and staff responsibilities include following:Prevention, Awareness, Working Together with students and parents&helping to increase Self-Esteem. Students will be taught the steps of bullying prevention using the following: Pretend it doesn't bother you, Assert yourself, Walking away, and Seeking help. Classroom guidance lessons that address bullying will teach P.A.W.S. concepts. In addition, our morning news program and visual reminders will placed throughout the school will reinforce P.A.W.S.
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Students who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. Youngs Grove has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying. If bullying does occur, all pupils are encouraged to tell an adult and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are aTELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff. Youngs Grove takes bullying seriously.
Bullying Definition for YGES
The following will serve as thedefinition of bullying behavior at YGES:
- Repeated – It happens over and over
- Intentional - It causes distress, fear, and harm to the victim
- Power-Based - It it geared towards one that cannot defend his/herself
If all 3 statements are true, then we can call the behavior bullying. If not, we cannot label it as such. If there is a back and forth pattern of aggression, then it is "social aggression" because there is no imbalance of power (as there is with bullying).
- Students will use their P.A.W.S.steps and report bullying incidents to staff.
- The bullying behavior or threats of bullying will be investigated.
- An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behavior.
- In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff and parents will be informed and asked to attend a meeting to discuss the problem.
- Parents will be notified.
- The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologize.
- Repeated offenders may have consequences such as meeting with the principal or assistant principal, participating in peer mediation, or participating in small group or individual counseling.
- In serious cases, OSS will be considered.
- After the incident has been investigated, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.