As a school community we are constantly reflecting and assessing practices to ensure the safety and well-being of all Forest City Regional High School students during the school day. To further enhance our current school climate we, in collaboration with parents/guardians, are adopting a first class, research based and results oriented anti-bullying program called Olweus.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is one of the most well-known bullying prevention programs. Research and results associated with Olweus have proven to prevent and reduce bullying among middle and high school aged kids.
The goals of OBPP are to reduce bullying problems and prevent new bullying problems from beginning. The program also works to make relationships better among all students. The program is designed to be utilized by all students, not just those who are being bullied or who are bullying others.
Parents and guardians play a key role in the implementation and development of this program. Each student will be asked to tell an adult at school and at home if he or she is bullied or observes bullying at school. It is imperative that parents/guardian work collaboratively and inform members of our faculty and staff of incidents of bullying. All of our school staff members have been trained, through the Olweus program, on the best methods and practices to deal with bullying situations.
Furthermore, at various times throughout the school year we will be conducting parent meetings where you can learn more about the program. All parents/guardians and members of the community are encouraged to come to these events and take an active role against bullying.
Lastly, bullying should not be viewed as “kids being kids” or an issue that students need to deal with on their own throughout their adolescence. The effects of bullying on an adolescent could last a lifetime and may be irreversible. Please join us as a school community to ensure all Forest City Regional High School students have safe school experience and an environment that is conducive to learning.
If you have any questions about the Olweus program, please call the high school guidance office or administration at your earliest convenience.