In the Jordan school district we take the issue of bullying very seriously. Starting in elementary school and continuing on through the middle school, students learn the importance of being safe, responsible and respectful. These three basic tenants are part of our School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS) program. The importance of safety, responsibility and respectfulness are routinely reinforced by school staff.

We give positive reinforcement for acts of kindness towards others. Children who go out of their way to do something kind for another student or staff member may be rewarded with a "FAB" ticket. "FAB" tickets are entered in to random drawings for prizes at different points during the year.

While every effort is made to catch children engaging in an act of kindness, we are also vigilant about addressing issues of bullying when they do happen. When students exhibit behaviors that could be characterized as bullying we see it as a teaching opportunity for all students involved. We spend time working with students who have been the victim of bullying behavior; we reinforce that no one deserves to be intentionally harmed either emotionally or physically. We encourage them to stick up for themselves and teach age appropriate techniques for doing so. We also work with the students who have demonstrated the bullying behavior to get to the root of their anger. Consequences for bullying behavior are tailored to each individual situation so that they are both meaningful and logical.

While working directly with the individuals involved is essential to resolving each specific situation, the goal behind our SW-PBIS efforts is to create a school-wide culture in which bullying behavior is not acceptable. We work hard to build a sense of community so that if any student sees a classmate being bullied they will immediately either tell the student bullying to stop, get the victim out of the situation or go get an adult for help. We will address issues of bullying prevention and intervention throughout the year in classes with special focus and trainings to happen during advisory class meetings.

You, as parents, are one of our greatest resources. If bullying incidents happen at school or on the bus and your child comes home to tell you about it, please contact the school, you can reach out to a teacher or please contact Mr. Chambers or Mrs. Rother in the main office. We want to work together with the common goal of learning in a safe environment.

Please use the guidance staff in the district and/or any of the websites listed below for assistance.