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Garfield Bullying Prevention Plan

Garfield  Elementary School Bullying Prevention Plan

This plan includes:

(1) Definition of bullying

(2)Statement prohibiting Bullying

(3) Description of bullying

(4) Bullying Curriculum

(5)Commitment to Safe and Civil Schools

(6) Ongoing professional development and student instruction

(7) Staff/Parent communication and reporting

(8) Student Procedures to Report Bullying

(9) Parent procedures to Report Bullying

(10) Staff Procedures to Respond to Bullying

(11) Guidelines for Students Responding to Bullying

(12) Guidelines for Students Responding to Bullying (Spanish)

(13) Range of Disciplinary Actions for Bullying Behavior at Garfield Elementary School

(14) Garfield Elementary School Bullying Prevention Interventions.

 

 

Garfield Elementary School Description of Bullying

 “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending themselves.”(D. Olweus)

Bullying involves:

  • Imbalance of Power:  people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves.
  • Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying: the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
  • Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group.

Types of Bullying

Bullying can take many forms. Examples include:

  • Verbal: name-calling, teasing
  • Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships 
  • Physical: hitting, punching, shoving
  • Emotional: Name-calling, teasing specifically towards body parts, gender or sexuality
  • Cyber bullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others

An act of bullying may fit into more than one of these groups.

Garfield Elementary School Statement Prohibiting Bullying

At Garfield Schoolbullying shall be prohibited:

                (a) on school grounds, at a school sponsored or school-related activity, function or program whether on or off   school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a school district or  school, or through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by a school district or  school

                 (b) at a location, activity, function or school-related program or through the use of technology or an electronic  device that is not owned, leased or used by a school district or school

                (c) if the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringes on the rights of the victim at   school or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school

                (dRetaliation against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying,               or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying shall be prohibited.

 

Bullying Curriculum

Garfield Elementary School shall provide age appropriate instruction on bullying prevention in each classroom using Too Good for Violence, Second Step curriculum as well as District developed lessons.

Commitment to Safe and Civil Schools

Garfield  Elementary School shall develop, adhere to and update this plan using Safe and Civil procedures, bullying prevention and intervention in consultation with teachers, school staff, administrators, parents and guardians. The consultation shall include, but not be limited to, verbal or written notice and a public forum such as SSC and Principal coffee chats. This plan shall be updated each year.

 

On-going Professional Development/Student Instruction

Garfield Elementary School  requires all classrooms to teach Anti-Bullying lessons, procedures and bullying strategies to students in accordance with District guideline.  Garfield Elementary School has developed an Anti-Bullying Policy, procedural guidelines for implementation, and professional development training for all staff.

 

Garfield’s Bully Prevention Plan includes ongoing professional development. This professional development will build the skills of staff members, including, but not limited to teachers, recreation staff, administrators, in order to prevent, identify and respond to bullying. The content of such professional development shall include, but not be limited to:

                (a) developmentally appropriate strategies to prevent bullying incidents;

                (b) developmentally appropriate strategies for immediate, effective interventions to stop bullying incidents;

                 (c) information regarding the complex interaction and power differential that can take place between and among a perpetrator, victim and witnesses to the bullying;

                (d) research findings on bullying, including information about specific categories of students who have been  shown to be particularly at risk for bullying in the school environment.

 

(1) At least 1x each trimester, grade levels 1st -5th will be provided an assembly to students. Age-appropriate terms and in the languages which are most prevalent among the students will be used. (Parents and guardians are welcome),

(2) The classroom teacher shall be responsible for the implementation and oversight of the plan during class.

 

Staff/Parent Communication

Garfield's  Bully Prevention Plan shall include provisions in the Principal’s Newsletter for informing parents and guardians about the bullying prevention curriculum of Garfield .The Principal’s Newsletter shall include, but not be limited to: (a) how parents and guardians can reinforce Garfield's School Policy’s at home and (b) how to support the Garfield Bully Prevention Plan.

(1) Each year, Garfield School shall provide to all school staff annual written notice of the plan. The faculty and staff shall be trained on the plan each year as applicable to Garfield Elementary School. Relevant sections of the plan relating to the duties of faculty and staff shall be included in a school employee handbook.

(2) The Bullying prevention plan shall be posted on the Website of Garfield Elementary School.

(3) Garfield  Elementary School, after consultation with the Safe and Civil Team, shall compile a list of bullying prevention and intervention resources, evidence-based curricula, best practices and academic-based research. Garfield Elementary School shall annual update this plan, curricula, best practices and research and shall post them on its website.

Procedures for students to report bullying

There are three types of procedures for students to report Bullying

1. Anonymous reporting

2. Direct reporting

3. Electronic reporting-www.garfield-lbusd.ca.schooloop.com

 

Anonymous Reporting

Students may report bullying anonymously by filling out a form or writing details on a piece of paper and placing it in the bully boxes. Bully boxes will be located in various locations of the school for easy access to students of all ages. This form will be looked at by the administration and all forms will be investigated within 24 hours.

 

Direct Reporting

Students may report bullying directly to any adult on campus. Students may report bullying to teachers, recreation aides, office staff, administration, or custodians. Students may report bullying either in writing or verbally during recess or lunch times as well as during class time either directly to their teacher or with appropriate permission to leave class (note from teacher) to the office staff.

 

Electronic Reporting

Students may report bullying on the Garfield Elementary School Web Page by emailing the principal at dmckeehan@lbschools.net

 

Procedures for Parents to report bullying

There are two types of procedures for Parents, guardians, VIPs, or community members to report bullying to Garfield  Elementary School.

1. Phone report

2. In person report

3. Electronic reporting-www.garfield-lbusd.ca.schooloop.com

 

Phone Reporting

Adults wishing to report bullying behavior may call 562-424-8167 and leave a message with any of the office staff.  The office staff will complete a form which will be given to either the principal or school counselor.

 

In Person Reporting

If an adult wishes to report bullying in person can do so to their child's teacher at anytime.  They may also report bullying concerns to the administrators by coming to the playground before school and speak directly to the administration on duty. In addition, adults may come to the office and ask any office staff member to complete a concern form, if the  school administration is occupied at that time.  The form will be given to principal or counselor whom will call the person about scheduling an appointment or gather more information at that time for an investigation.

 

Electronic Reporting

Parents may report bullying on the Garfield Elementary School Web Page can do so by sending an email directly to the principal at dmckeehan@lbschools.net

 

Staff Procedures to Respond to Bullying

There are two types of responses for Bullying behavior at Garfield Elementary School

  1. Teacher response
  2. Administrative response

 

Teacher response

 If bullying behavior is reported to a Garfield Elementary School teacher  that teacher will investigate. The teacher may have a meeting with the students involved and attempt to resolve the issue. The teacher will determine the severity of the bullying behavior and either counsel students or counsel students and give a reasonable consequence for the behavior. The teacher will communicate with parents and administration as determined by necessity and severity.

 

Administrative response

 If bullying behavior is reported to a Garfield Elementary School Administrator either directly or by Bully Box,  the administrator will investigate. The administrator will meet with all students involved and attempt to resolve the issue. The administrator will determine the severity of the bullying behavior and either counsel students or counsel students and give a reasonable consequence for the behavior as dictated by the California Education Code. The administrator will communicate with parents and local authorities (police or LBUSD Safety officers) as determined by necessity and severity.

Guidelines for Students Responding to Bullying

Bullying involves:

  • Imbalance of Power:  people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves.
  • Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying: the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
  • Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group.

 

Types of Bullying

Bullying can take many forms. Examples include:

  • Verbal: name-calling, teasing
  • Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships 
  • Physical: hitting, punching, shoving
  • Cyber bullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others

An act of bullying may fit into more than one of these groups.            

 

What to Do When Someone is Being Bullied

  • Take a stand and do not join in. Make it clear that you do not support what is going on.
  • Do not watch someone being bullied. If you feel safe, tell the person to stop. If you do not feel safe saying something, walk away and get others to do the same. If you walk away and do not join in, you have taken their audience and power away.
  • Support the person being bullied. Tell them that you are there to help. Offer to either go with them to report the bullying or report it for them.
  • Talk to an adult you trust. Talking to someone could help you figure out the best ways to deal with the problem. Reach out to a parent, teacher or another adult that you trust to discuss the problem, especially if you feel like the person may be at risk of serious harm to themselves or others.

 

What to Do When You Are Being Bullied

The first priority is always your safety.  Here are some strategies for you to consider:

  • Tell the bully to stop.  
  • Walk away. Do not let them get to you. If you walk away or ignore them, they will not get that satisfaction. 
  • Protect yourself. Sometimes you cannot walk away. If you are being physically hurt, protect yourself so that you can get away. 
  • Tell an adult you trust. Talking to someone could help you figure out the best ways to deal with the problem.  In some cases, adults need to get involved for the bullying to stop. 
  • Find a safe place. Go somewhere that you feel safe and secure like the library, a favorite teacher’s classroom, or the office.
  • Stick together. Stay with a group or individuals that you trust. 
  • Find opportunities to make new friends. Explore your interests and join school or community activities such as sports, drama, or art. Volunteer or participate in community service.

 

Your Feelings are Important

  • Do not blame yourself. It is easy to question whether you are the problem.  But no matter what someone says or does, you should not be ashamed of who you are or what you feel.
  • Be proud of who you are.   No matter what they say, there are wonderful things about you.  Keep those in mind instead of the disrespectful messages you get from the people who are bullying you. Do not be afraid to get help. Sometimes it helps to just talk to someone who is not personally involved.  Teachers, counselors, and others are there to help.  Seeing a counselor or other professional does not mean there is something wrong with you. 

 

Students found to be involved in bullying behavior will be investigated. If found to be participating in any manner of bullying behavior, students will be given a reasonable consequence not necessarily in the following order.

                *Students may be counseled by the teacher, school counselor, or principal.

                *Students may be pulled into an intervention group.

                *Students may have a parent/Teacher conference.

                *Students may be cited by the police department.

                *Students may lose playground access.

                *Students may be suspended from school.

                *Continued actions of bullied could lead to expulsion from the Long Beach School District

 

Education Code Section 48900 authorizes suspension and/or expulsion of pupils for the following reasons:

  1. Caused or attempted to cause or threatened to cause physical injury to another person; or  willfully use force or violence upon the person of another, except in self defense.
  2. Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion
  3. Damage or attempted damage to school or private property or theft or attempted theft of school or private property on school grounds or during a school related activity off grounds.
  4. Commission of an obscene act, habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  5. Disruption of school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
  6. Harassed, threatened or intimidated a pupil.

 

Interventions to Prevent Bullying Behavior at Garfield Elementary School

 

What happens at Garfield to prevent Bullying?

  • Safe and Civil Guidelines to Success ~ Garfield Tigers' Keys to Success

                Take responsibility for your actions

                Inspire kindness

                Go for your goals

                Excel in your learning

                Respect everyone

                Stop and think before you act

  • Immediate action by principal/counselor/teacher  addressing/correcting specific and current bullying behavior.
  • Morning announcements and monthly assemblies  focusing on scholarly behavior and Guidelines for Success
  • Bully Box-Students are able to anonymously voice concerns
  • Bully Box addressed within 24 hours.
  • Students report to adults (recreation aides, teacher, office staff, admin, custodian) bullying behavior.
  • At the beginning of each trimester, Garfield Conducts grade level appropriate Safe and Civil Assemblies
  • 3rd - 5th grade “Define Bullying” assembly with school safety officers
  • At the end of each trimester, positive behavior is reinforced and rewarded during trimester award assemblies.
  • Guidelines for Success Banners hung on Playground that support scholarly behavior
  • In class direct instruction (Common lesson plans) with regard school expectations and anti-bullying strategies
  • In class lessons on District Curriculum called “Too Good for Violence" and "Second Step"
  • Counseling for bully-like behavior
  • Professional Development from the Safe and Civil Committee to the Teaching staff
  • Professional Development from the administration to the recreation aides
  • Staff defines common areas (bathrooms, playground, cafeteria)  and writes procedures for each common area (in process).
  • Signs of procedures are posted in common areas (in process)
  • Students are directly taught common area behaviors by classroom teachers (in process)
  • Classroom teacher’s instruction is reinforced during weekly assemblies.
  • Parent Report-Parents report to school staff (Teachers or administration) of concerning behavior
  • Consist use of CHAMPS procedures used by all staff members to establish and maintain expectations
  • Student Conflict Managers (grades 4-5) are trained to assist students during recess times to solve any problems that may come up