The bully prevention program at CVIS is modeled after the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). Olweus is one of the most researched and best-known bullying prevention programs available today. With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting by being proactive rather than reactive when responding to social and behavioral issues.
OBPP is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels. School administrators, teachers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program. A key part of the program is classroom meetings held at least once per rotating cycle. These efforts are designed to improve peer relations and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop. With the ultimate goal for students to become part of the solution.
How is bullying defined?
A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more persons. It is an imbalance of power between two students.
Here are the four rules we will follow:
- We will not bully others
- We will help students who are bullied
- We will include students who are left out
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
To learn more about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, please visit the Olweus website at www.clemson.edu/olweus. For additional information on the district’s bullying/cyber-bullying policy, please refer to School Board Policy 249, which can be found on the district’s website.