Bullying Prevention Program

The Bradford Area School District adopted the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Our mission is to make our schools a safe and positive place to learn. Our goal is to reduce and prevent bullying behavior among students and improve peer relations.

Definition

Bullying behavior is a single or repeated negative act (passive or aggressive) that is intentional and involves a real or perceived imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can take many forms to include Cyberbullying; all of which have harmful effects. Bullying behaviors can be physical, verbal or written, and emotional.

Prevention

What is required to reduce bullying in our schools is a CHANGE in the SCHOOL CLIMATE and in NORMS for behavior. This requires a COMPREHENSIVE school-wide effort involving the ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY.

Objectives:

1. Build relationships with students to encourage reporting so intervention can take place.

2. On-The-Spot Intervention.
> Stop the incident.
> Support the bullied student.
> Address the student(s) who bullied.
> Empower the bystanders.
> Immediate and appropriate consequences.
> Ensure bullied student will be protected from future bullying.

3. Increase supervision.
> Cafeterias
> Hallways
> Classrooms
> School buses

4. Raise student awareness.
> Make students aware of our anti-bullying program and policy.
> Review school rules against bullying.
> Stress the importance of reporting incidents of bullying.
> Establish a Bully-Free classroom environment as an expectation in every classroom.

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