The well-being and safety of students is a main concern at Plymouth Elementary School. Plymouth Elementary School is being proactive and taking a stand against bullying. The Granite School District Board Policy, Article VIII.B.9 Prohibition of Bullying and Hazing states:
“Bullying” means intentionally or knowingly committing an act, regardless of whether the person against whom the conduct is committed directed, consented to or acquiesced in the conduct that endangers the physical or emotional health or safety of a student or school employee.
In order to reduce bullying concerns and prevent the development of future bullying situations, Plymouth Elementary is proactively taking measures to ensure the safety of our students through:
- Providing a positive school- wide behavior and emergency safety plan. To view our school plans please visit our school website and click on the Student Handbook. If you have questions regarding the plan, please contact me at 385-646-4978.
- Our school- wide behavior plan with expectations of appropriate behavior are posted in classrooms and hallways. Plans are reviewed often and enforced daily.
- School behavior reporting programs and surveys are used to determine how to improve school climate and behavior/safety concerns.
- Social workers, psychologists, and behavior health aides provide classroom lessons on life skills and how to get help if a student is being bullied. Skills are also taught to empower students to standup to bullying situations.
- Our school provides adult supervision in hallways, playgrounds, and the cafeteria.
- Our school has a Buddy Box, which is a reporting system located in the front office that students may leave notes about a friend/self that is suffering from a variety of issues such as depression, bullying, drug abuse etc. The Buddy Box is checked daily and help is provided for the student.
- Schools are implementing SafeUT. A hotline has been designed to provide 24/7 crisis intervention.
- Granite School District professionals provide school- wide assemblies on bullying. Our school participates annually.
- As a school team, we are happy to meet with patrons and students and provide extra support as warranted. We will fill out a school support form and communicate what services the school provides to ensure the well-being of our students. We ask you to be part of the team and help in providing solutions when the need arises for your individual student(s).
Please be assured when a reported violation of student safety or well-being occurs, we take the report seriously. If you feel the incident has not been reported, please contact me at 385-646-4978, or my email address is email@example.com. I will follow up with you within 24 hours of receiving the concern. The following action occurs as per Granite School District Board Policy, Article VIII.B.9:
- Each reported violation is properly investigated by a school administrator or an individual designated by a school administrator.
- With respect to the rights of an accused student or school employee, the investigation shall include notice of the allegations to the student or school employee and an opportunity to respond.
- Appropriate action, to include participation of parents of accused students, shall be taken to stop and prevent recurrence of the conduct.
- Allegations with criminal implications shall promptly be reported to law enforcement.
I would also like to share ideas from the NOBullying.com website with useful tips: https://nobullying.com/school-bullying. Some tips on how parents can help their children include:
- Help develop your child’s talents and positive attributes. Involve your child in athletics, music, and art. Doing so may help your child be more confident among peers.
- Encourage your child to make contact with friendly students. Your child’s teacher may offer suggestions on a good fit for your child. Also, help your child make friends outside of school.
- Teach your child safety strategies. Teach him/her how to seek help from an adult when threatened.
- Home is where the heart is. Make sure your child has a safe and loving home environment. Always keep the lines of communication open.
For more national researched based information/tips on how to prevent bullying, please check out the following websites:
- the bullyproject.com
As always, please call, visit, or email me with any celebrations or concerns. Together, we will provide a safe and enriching environment for our students.
Matthew Graham, Principal