The Definition of Bullying: Bullying is when anyone does or says something that hurts, scares, or leaves someone out on purpose, over and over again.
We strongly believe that school can be a safe
and nurturing environment for all. One of our goals is to continue to create a
caring community at our school where everyone feels safe and has a sense of
belonging. To facilitate this effort we have implemented a state endorsed school
wide safety program called Bully-Busting Your School.
The Bully-Busting Program enhances the anti-bullying initiatives currently in place in our schools. It is implemented with our conflict resolution programs of “De-Bug” and Peer Mediation. This association will ensure that staff and students understand the difference between bullying, HIB, and normal conflict. Each Galloway School has a “Bully-Busting Team” which includes the Assistant Principal, a School Counselor, and a Classroom Teacher. This Team provides training to all of our staff thus assuring that the program truly becomes a part of our school culture. Our school counselors also head the Safety Committee that meets through out the year to discuss school climate, progress with the Bully Busting program, and all that we are doing to prevent HIB.
Further information will be available on our website and throughout the monthly school communications during the school year. This program will be most effective when the parental community, the administration, the staff, and the students all have a shared belief that kindness and a respect for each other is of great value in our school and contributes to a positive environment for better academic performance. With the Bully Proofing Program, bullying and aggressive behaviors do not have a place at our school and will not be tolerated.
The Bully Proofing Program consists of six lessons that will be taught during the first few months of school. The topics are:
1- definition of bullying
2- recognizing aggressive, passive, and assertive behaviors
3- students learn to use “I” messages
4- recognize differences between telling and tattling
5- recognize and use bystander strategies
6- solving normal conflict
These topics will be reinforced and addressed throughout the school year. Letters will be sent home to further explain the topics taught and discussed at the school. On all of our early dismissal days, except national holidays, your children will be taught an additional anti-bullying lesson. Our school counselors are also visiting every classroom through out the school year to teach lessons on respect, friendship skills, and conflict resolution skills. Every school will be celebrating Respect Week in October. During Respect Week our schools all do something special to highlight respect and conflict resolution with our students. Thank you for your support with this endeavor. Your commitment to this program is important in promoting a safe and positive academic environment.
The following link will allow you to review the new anti-bullying law in its entirety http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/PL10/122_.PDF
How to Report Bullying
1. Determine if the incident is bullying or normal conflict. Ask these questions:
A. Did someone hurt, scare or leave you out on purpose?
B. Did it happen more than once?
2. Determine what, if anything, has already been done to try to stop the bullying. Ask these questions:
A. What did you do?
B. Who did you tell?
C. Did anyone else witness the bullying?
3. Students who are victims or bystanders can report bullying in several ways:
A. Tell any adult at school, including a teacher, school counselor, or administrator.
B. Fill out a Bully Report Form (CLICK HERE for PDF). Forms can be filled out anonymously and placed in the nurse’s office at any time.