All Chenango Valley schools use the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a research-based program that has proven to reduce bullying in schools and help to make school a safer, more positive place for students to learn.
Teachers and staff are trained to use the program and deal with bullying problems. A schoolwide committee, coordinated by the school social worker and/or guidance counselors, oversees the program. In classroom meetings, all students will be taught to follow the four anti-bullying rules:
- We will not bully others.
- We will try to help others who are bullied.
- We will try to include students who are left out.
- If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
The goals of the Olweus program include:
- reducing existing bullying problems among students
- preventing the development of new bullying problems
- achieving better peer relations at school