School Wide Anti-Bullying Program

Beginning this semester, Taos Charter School is implementing a school wide anti-bullying program.  I will be going into each classroom and talking with the students about our definition of bullying:

Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.

We will also be discussing our anti-bullying school wide rules and how they can help to implement the school rules.

Our four school wide anti-bullying rules are:

1. We will not bully others.

2. We will try to help students who are bullied.

3. We will try to include students who are left out.

4.If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell and adult at school and an adult at home.

Our goals in implementing this program are to:

reduce existing bullying problems among students

prevent the development of new bullying problems

achieve better peer relations at school.

This program builds on some of the core principles in place at Taos Charter such as building positive relationships between students and adults and expecting everyone in the Taos Charter School community to treat each other well, while at the same time  imposing firm clear limits to unacceptable behaviors.

Parent handouts are being sent home with students after the initial class discussion.