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My previous post about the students behaving badly by posting videos of other students' criminal behavior has generated some good questions. Here's one I thought others might be interested in: "How is the district putting the anti-bullying and safety policies into place?"

My response was as follows:

  • Every school's Improvement Plan lists these core expectations (Goal 3):
    1. Every school has a readily accessible Student/Family Handbook which is used to periodically teach student expectations for behavior in multiple ways.
    2. Every school vigorously engages in the implementation of Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) and seeks annual recognition for merit or distinction in such practices.
    3. A theme or program of prosocial behavior or anti-bullying or character building is implemented school-wide which reduces or eliminates incidents of bullying and harassment.
  • The high school has a specifically designed curriculum tailored to each grade level which focuses on different elements of character education including anti-bullying. The program is called Knight's Advisory; every student engages with this curriculum every school day, opposite their lunch period. This program has some strong similarities to what kids may have experienced in STAR or FAST at the middle level.
  • The pupil services team delivers additional instruction at each grade level throughout the year--one-on-one, or in small groups when the situation calls for it, or during classroom lessons to larger groups of students. You may have heard about similar experiences your kids may have had in elementary school with their school counselors visiting rooms and providing anti-bullying lessons, or other character education experiences--this scales up as students get older.
  • Staff are all trained in the PBIS best practices and the core elements of restorative disciplinary practices.
  • Local law enforcement is present on a daily basis in our secondary schools; they often provide individual, and group redirection and mentorship. School Resource Officers visit elementary schools throughout the year and are always on call for emergent events. We partner closely with the Oak Creek Police on all safety issues. They are a vital partner who is exceptionally cooperative. We communicate regularly and meet periodically to assure our goals are aligned. We have put a budget initiative request in to add a third School Resource Officer next year.
  • Grade level principals provide one-on-one redirection, counseling, and large-group, full-class assemblies each quarter throughout the school year at the secondary level.
  • We survey parents and students annually on safety perceptions and use this data to create action plans.
  • We track and review disciplinary data to know when, where, and why the misconduct occurs and to create plans to address specific issues that may arise.
  • Here are the policies, procedures, and practices we use to implement the bullying policy:

Once again, I am not saying this is enough or that no problems arise when we bring almost 7,000 students together. I just wanted you to know what the school improvement work underway is so you can ask great, specific questions of your school's principal and help support this effort.

I hope you and your families have a rejuvenating and joyful spring break.

Tim Culver