Bullying and Prevention Program Continues in the Nodaway Valley School District
All schools deal with the issue of bullying. The Nodaway Valley School District is taking proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying by adopting the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This research-based school wide “systems-change” program has been used successfully in schools all over the country and around the world with positive results.
This program is not a curriculum that students participate in for only a few weeks. Rather, it is a coordinated effort by all the adults in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens. As part of the program, students participate class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it, and how they can work with adults at school to out a stop to it even as bystanders.
The Olweus program is about changing the whole school climate to make it a safer, more positive place to learn. One change that many schools have noticed after using this program for a year or two is that students actually like school better. It makes sense, it’s hard to learn if your’re afraid or if other students are mean to you.
Implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a long-term commitment to making Nodaway Valley School District a safer, more positive place to be.