Elementary Bullying Prevention Activities
Greenville Area School District teachers, staff, administrators and school board members have been busy this summer preparing for the implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention program. The program is structured in a manner that empowers bystanders to support victims of bullying. The Olweus method is the premier bullying prevention program in the world. Research studies indicate that incidents of bullying are reduced by 40 to 70 percent following the first year of implementation.
The elementary bullying prevention core team met multiple times during the summer to plan the kick-off events held September 12, 2008. Elementary staff training occurred Friday, August 22, 2008. All staff learned about the basic components of the Olweus program and their role in the success of the program. Hempfield and East Elementary students participated in numerous engaging activities designed to spark enthusiasm for the program. Students received buttons reflecting the theme of the program, “We will shield each other from bullies”. Students also created and decorated their personal shields. Massive school-wide pledges and bullying prevention rules were signed by all students then displayed as a constant reminder of the mission.
As a further sign of the District’s support of the program, Greenville Area School District Board of Directors adopted GASD Policy # 249, Bullying/Cyber Bullying on Monday, August 25, 2008. In summary, the policy states that the Board is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment where bullying behavior will not be tolerated. Please refer to the district website, www.greenville.k12.pa.us, if you would like further information regarding the bullying policy or the status of the bullying prevention programs at each level.