Conestoga Valley School District Bullying Policy
· Conestoga Valley School District is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for students. Bullying through intentional verbal, physical, written, or electronic means which occurs in the school setting or affects the school setting is prohibited.

How do I know if someone is being bullied?
· Bullying and cyberbullying involve severe and persistent acts that may impact student learning, disrupt the orderly operation of the school, or create a threatening environment.

What is meant by bullying in the school setting?
· Bullying in the school setting means bullying that occurs on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised, or sanctioned by Conestoga Valley School District.

What can I do about bullying?
· Conestoga Valley students are responsible for respecting the rights of others in order to maintain a bully-free, positive learning environment.
· Students who witness bullying or are themselves experiencing persistent, severe acts which disrupt learning, or interfere with personal safety should report the incidents to the building principal or another adult at school.

Will I be safe if I report bullying?
· Reports and the students involved will remain confidential.
· Retaliation against anyone who reports bullying will not be tolerated by the school.

What will the school do if bullying is reported?
· The school will investigate reports of bullying as quickly as possible.
· If the report is valid and someone is being bullied, corrective actions by the school will be taken.

Dear Parents or Guardians:
I would like to take this opportunity to highlight what we are doing at Fritz to be pro-active in addressing issues that involve all forms of bullying and harassment. I want to thank you in advance for your support in helping us work through many of these issues when they arise. When your child sees you taking an active interest in their education, they feel safe and secure knowing that you support and value their educational experiences.
  • All staff has been trained in the Olweus Bully Prevention program.
  • We have an Olweus Committee comprised of parents, teachers and specialists who meet monthly.
  • Bullying is an agenda item at our monthly faculty meetings.
  • All teachers conduct class meetings on a regular basis. Topics for discussion are determined by the students, teachers and administration.
  • We have Character Education and read quotes pertaining to a specific Character Education topic each morning during our morning announcements. Students in grades k-6 read these quotes.
  • We hold a yearly assembly.
  • Books on bullying, race, gender, culture, nationality and harassment are read and shared in class during class meetings.
  • We have our front lobby showcase depicting bullying tools and strategies for students to reference.
  • We have implemented the Peaceful Bus and Peaceful Playground programs which tie in with our Olweus Bully Prevention Program.
  • Our school counselor meets with students individually and in groups to address the above mentioned issues using a variety of programs, strategies and interventions.
  • We have on-site counseling services provided by an outside agency for students.
  • We conduct a yearly Olweus Survey for students in grades 3-6. The survey results are shared with faculty, staff, parents and students at the beginning of each school year. The survey allows us to see how the students feel about the school and its culture and climate. The survey also shows us where the “hot spots” are so that we can address those areas and provide additional supervision.
Please feel free to contact me should you have questions or concerns regarding any of the information I provided above.



The Bullying Prevention Consultation Helpline is 1-866-716-0424. Messages can be left 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours.
MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Reigelman, 717-783-9802

PDE partners at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP) are working diligently to provide schools, families and communities with bullying prevention support. Please feel free to download the pdf poster and distribute in your sphere of influence:

http://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/K-12/Safe%20Schools/PA%20Bullying%20Consultation%20Line%20Poster.pdf


Weller Health Tip for Kids:
How Do I Help a Kid Who is Bullied?



There's this kid who gets bullied a lot by everyone. What should I do?

There are a lot more kids who witness bullying than there are victims of bullying. Often, people who see something happen are called bystanders. Wouldn't it be excellent if those bystanders would do something to help someone who's being bullied?

But how exactly do you find your courage and do it?
First, be sure to let an adult know what's going on. If it's happening at school, have a talk with a teacher or school counselor about it. If it happens at camp, the camp counselor is the one to talk to. Approach the adult and say you need to talk. Explain what's been going on the best you can. Give details. The adult can take steps to stop the bullying.

Plus, once they know about bullying, adults can do things to help the kid who's been bullied feel better and stronger. Adults can also help the kid who bullies learn to treat others with respect, friendship, and kindness.

After talking to an adult, here are some other things you can do. Be friendly to the kid who gets bullied. For example, say "hi" at the lockers or bus line, include that kid at your lunch table, or invite the kid to play at recess or to be in your group for a project. This helps for two reasons:
  • Any kid who gets bullied is likely to feel left out and alone. Your friendship helps that kid feel included and welcome.
  • Friendship also helps prevent bullying because bullies are less likely to pick on kids when they are with friends.
And when you see the bully acting mean, you can say, "Hey, knock it off, that's not cool," and invite the kid who's being picked on to walk away with you. You can just say, "C'mon, let's go." This can work even better if you get a couple of your friends to join you in standing up for the kid. Tell your friends ahead of time: "I'm going to stick up for that kid. Will you do it with me?"

Be sure to update the adult about what's going on until the problem is solved. This is also a very good thing to talk to parents about. Your parent will want to know about all this and can give you more advice and support. Plus, your mom or dad will be proud that you're the kind of kid who cares and who stands up for others and for what's right!

Bullying makes kids feel terrible - and not just the kid who's being bullied. Just seeing someone else be bullied makes others feel bad. That's because meanness affects everyone in the environment. It's like meanness pollution, so let's all fight it!

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