Smith School Anti-Bullying Program
An important component of Character Education at Smith School is a comprehensive anti-bullying program. The education of students on this topic begins on the first day of school at the Grade Level Meetings where Mrs. Poelstra and Ms. Scimanico explain the expectations and consequences related to bullying. Students review the definition of bullying behavior, the importance of respect and empathy, and actions that should be taken in bullying situations. A poster with this information is displayed in every classroom and reinforced throughout the year in an ongoing series of lessons, activities, assemblies, and seminars.
Frequently Asked Questions
This document provides questions and answers most commonly asked of the school administration on the topic of bullying. Please contact Mrs. Poelstra or Ms. Scimanico with specific questions or concerns. Immediate parent communication is essential in cases of suspected bullying. Frequently Asked Questions
Advice for Parents
This document is taken from the book, Schools Where Everyone Belongs, Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying
, by Stan Davis. It provides a series of questions and answers for parents related to home and school environments that help to diminish bullying behaviors. Advice for Parents
Excellent Websites for Further Information on Bullying:
Bullying that occurs online, using computers, and other forms of electronic messaging, is a recent phenomenon of great concern and of growing proportion. An excellent website that provides valuable information and advice is StopCyberbullying.org. This site is associated with the site, wiredsafety.org, an excellent resource on computer safety.
Cyberbullying: What Adults Can Do