In Mesa County Valley School District 51, we want staff and all learners growing in a nurturing, disciplined learning environment. This means we must work together to create a community of upstanders through empathy and kindness.
A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons. He or she has difficulty defending himself or herself against these actions and persons. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must include an imbalance of power. Types of bullying may include actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Teasing is a fun thing we do with friends- people we care about. It is playful and reciprocal. Taunting is not reciprocal. It is an early warning sign of bullying. When a bully taunts his or her target, there is no playfulness in the attack. Harm results from taunting.
Conflict is a disagreement. It is a normal part of relationships. Teaching conflict resolution skills improves the social and emotional well-being of others and fosters a safe learning environment.
Click here to view board policy on bullying with legal definition of bullying.
If Your Child is Bullied
Don'ts1. Don't minimize, rationalize, or explain away the bully's behavior.2. Don't rush in to solve the problem for your child.3. Don't tell your child to avoid the bully.4. Don't tell your child to fight back.5. Don't confront the bully or the bully's parents alone.
Do's1. I hear you; I am here for you; I believe you; you are not alone in this.2. It is not your fault.3. There are things you can do.
4. Report the bullying immediately to school personnel.
The Warning Signs
1. Shows an abrupt lack of interest in school or refuses to go to school2. Takes an unusual route to school3. Suffers drop in grades4. Withdraws from family and school activties5. Is hungry after school6. Steals money from home7. Makes a beeline to the bathroom when arriving home8. Is sad, sullen, angry, or scared after receiving a phone call or email9. Does something out of character10. Has torn or missing clothing11. Uses derogatory or demeaning language when talking to peers12. Stops talking about peers and everyday activities13. Has physical injuries not consistent with explanation14. Has stomachaches, headaches, panic attacks, is unable to sleep, sleeps too much, is exhausted15. Plays alone or prefers to hang with adults.
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