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1 Anti-Bullying Parent Information Night Dudley-Charlton Regional School District It is the policy of the DCRSD to take proactive, reasonable measures designed to provide an atmosphere for students, employees, and other members of the school community free from sexual harassment, bullying, hazing and intimidation.

2 Anti-Bullying Parent Information Night Welcome and Introductions Purpose of the Event Schedule

3 Definition of Bullying Bullying, as defined in M.G.L. c. 71, 370, is the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target s property; places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property creates a hostile environment at school for the target; materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school

4 Definition of Bullying What is Bullying? A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly over time to negative actions on the part of one or more aggressors.

5 Definition of Bullying Three Important Components 1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. 2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. 3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

6 Bullying or Teasing? Playful between both people Uses friendly tone Encourages friendships Doesn t lead to physical confrontations Can lighten a tense moment Uses angry tone/body language Continues even when distress is evident Continues even when topic is upsetting to others Accompanied by showing off

7 Definition of Bullying Hurtful teasing becomes bullying when it occurs repeatedly and over time.

8 Tattling vs. Reporting Tattling Telling to get someone in trouble Telling when no one is being hurt Telling when no one is afraid Gets someone in trouble Reporting Telling to keep yourself safe, someone else safe, or the bus safe Telling because something is hurtful to yourself or others Telling when you or someone else are afraid Gets someone out of trouble The 3 Ds You Must Always Report Behavior that is Dangerous Disturbing Destructive

9 As Partners in Education Understand differences between teasing and bullying Understand the differences between tattling and reporting Use these terms with your child Communicate questions and concerns with the schools

10 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan I. Leadership Development of Plan a Collaborative Effort Assessment of Needs and Resources Establish Roles of the Principal/Designee

11 Bullying Prevention and I. Leadership Intervention Plan Development of a Priority Statement: It is the policy of the DCRSD to take proactive, reasonable measures designed to provide an atmosphere for students, employees, and other members of the school community free from sexual harassment, bullying, hazing and intimidation.

12 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan II. Training and Professional Development Annual Training of All Staff School Plans Posted on Websites School Plans Included in Student and Staff Handbooks Ongoing Professional Development

13 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan III. Access to Resources and Services District Resources Utilized to Support Students [Instructional Support Team, School Psychologist, Guidance Counselors, Behavior Specialist] Outside Resources Utilized to Support Students [Catholic Charities, You Inc., School Resource Officer]

14 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan III. Access to Resources and Services Special Education Students Receive Support Through SPED Team Process School s Consider What is Necessary to Develop Students Skills and Proficiencies to Avoid and Respond to Teasing, Harassment, or Bullying

15 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan IV. Academic & Non-Academic Activities Child-centered Approaches Utilized Programs Supportive of the Plan and Developmentally Appropriate Specific Teaching Approaches Support Bullying Prevention

16 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan V. Policies and Procedures for Reporting and Responding to Bullying and Retaliation Reports may be made Anonymously by Any Member of the School Community [orally or written] All District Employees Expected to Report Instances of Bullying or Retaliation Safety and Parent Notification Initial Responses Investigation, Determination, and Action Reporting Form Available

17 Dudley-Charlton Regional School District K-4 BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION INCIDENT REPORTING FORM 1Name of Reporter/Person Filing the Report: (Note: Reports may be made anonymously, but no disciplinary action will be taken against an alleged aggressor solely on the basis of an anonymous report.) Check whether you are the : Target of the Behavior Reporter (not the target) Check whether you are a: Staff Member (specify role) Student Parent Administrator Other (specify) Your contact information/telephone number: If student, state your school: If staff member, state your school or work site: Information about the Incident Name of Target (of behavior): Name of aggressor (Person who engaged in the behavior): Date(s) of Incident(s): Time When Incident(s) Occurred: Location of Incident(s) (Be as specific as possible): Witnesses (List people who saw the incident or have information about it): Name: Student Staff Other Name: Student Staff Other Name: Student Staff Other Describe the details of the incident (including names of people involved, what occurred, and what each person did and said, including specific words used). Please use additional space on back if necessary.

18 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan VI. Collaboration with Families Parent/Guardian Education Programs Resources Available to Support Home- School Connection Yearly Notification

19 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan VII. Prohibition Against Bullying and Retaliation VII. Prohibition Against Bullying and Retaliation Acts of bullying, which include cyberbullying, are prohibited: on school grounds and on property immediately adjacent to school grounds at a school sponsored or school-related activity, function, or program whether on or off school grounds at a school bus stop or on a school bus through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased, or used by a school district

20 Anti-Bullying Parent Information Night In Closing Questions about the Plan Additional Q & A in Breakout Session Thank you to the following local organizations who donated to this event: - Ted s Variety [Charlton] - Champion Pizza [Charlton]

21 Anti-Bullying Parent Information Night Grade Span Breakout Sessions PreK PreK-4 [Mason Road School / Charlton Elementary, Dudley Elementary School / Heritage School] [Dudley Middle School / Charlton Middle School / Shepherd Hill Regional High School] Q & A Period in Breakout Sessions Thank you for being a partner in your child s education!

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