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Olweus Anti-bullying & Prevention Program

The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VEY-us; the E sounds like a long A) is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high or high schools. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States.

If you would like more information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program please visit This website will give you general information about bullying behavior and its impact on school climate, student health and academic achievement. You will find basic information about the Olweus Program’s components, state anti-bullying laws, overview video, and view short video clips from the program materials.

Although this program takes place at Parkwood, we need your help too. Families can talk about bullying and our school’s anti-bullying rules at home with their children as well as the difference between bullying and conflict. Please help your children examine events that upset them to determine if it is true bullying or a conflict between students. We want to work with you to educate our youth and continue to prevent bullying from happening at Parkwood.

In order for something to be considered an act of bullying, it must:

·Be an intentionally harmful act;

· Happen repeatedly over a period of time;

· Display an imbalance of power (which means the bully holds a higher social standing amongst their peers than the target).

Encourage students to use their words when they feel picked on! If they feel like they cannot use their words, then encourage them to tell an adult at school. Our goal is to address events that happen, as they happen and in the learning evironment, educate those students involved, and teach all students better ways to handle difficult situations. We need your help to achieve this.

Parkwood Elementary Anti-Bullying Rules:

· We will not bully others.

· We will try to help students who are bullied.

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

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

As part of the Olweus Program, each classroom will have regular “classroom meetings”. These meetings will serve as a time for students to discuss what bullying is, our school rules regarding bullying, what to do if bullying occurs, the roles of bystanders, how to avoid bullying and consequences for bullying behaviors. They will also be working extensively on building community within their classroom.

Parkwood is thrilled to have this program as an integral part of our daily building activity. Students will receive a consistent, reinforced message about bullying in a variety of settings. The Olweus program is beneficial to all students, not just those who are bullied or those who bully others. Implementing this prevention program will take a united, long-term effort by every individual involved with the Parkwood learning community. We are excited to make this effort with you!