Bully Prevention Initiative
Documentation: The clear documentation of bullying incidents leads to the implementation of predictable, and if necessary, escalating school interventions. Additionally, students feel supported and reassured that bullying behaviors will not be tolerated and will be followed-up with appropriate action(s).
School Intervention/Response: When incidents of bullying do emerge, faculty/staff respond immediately. The school response includes coaching students separately, documenting the behaviors, contacting parents of students involved and depending on the severity/frequency, referring the incident to the appropriate personnel. Possible interventions include referral to school principal for individual/small group discussions, specific behavior plans/contracts, and/or community resource assistance.
We recognize that bullying behaviors are disruptive and damaging to a positive learning environment . Consequently, we understand the importance of addressing this important issue by developing an anti-bullying program.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
Bullying behaviors are systematic and persistent behaviors that do not recognize the rights of others. Bullying occurs when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening or leaving someone out on purpose.
Bullying can be pushing, shoving, hitting, and spitting, as well as name calling, gossiping about, picking on, making fun of, laughing at, or excluding someone. Bullying that takes place on the computer or cell phone is called cyber-bullying. Bullying causes pain and stress to victims and is never justified or excusable as “kids being kids,” “just teasing,” or any other rationalization. The victim is never responsible for being a target of bulling.
Bullying is not the same thing as a disagreement between two people. Here at Valencia we use the PIC criteria to determine if you or someone you know is being bullied.
P - Was the behavior purposeful, intentional, to inflict harm on another person?
I - Was there an imbalance of power between the students either physical or psychological? Is the person bullying, bigger, older or more popular? People that bully know their victims have less power and are unable to defend themselves.
C - Was the behavior continual? That is, did it happen more than once? Bullying is not a one-time incident. Bullying interactions are carried out continually over time.
Times are set aside for aqll students to attend interactive assemblies and review our school rules and SOARR expectations, identify pro-social behaviors and review how each individual has the opportunity to be a superhero that stands up against bullying.