Bullying Prevention Information

THE 3 R's of Bullying Prevention

As you know, we are using the Second Step curriculum in your child's classroom. The Second Step program teaches students important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school to be a safe and respectful place where everyone can learn.
To further help our school be a SUPER place for student learning and friendships, we are also using the Second Step Bullying Prevention unit . In this unit, students learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Bullying in this program is defined as: when someone keeps being mean to someone else on purpose. The person it is happening to hasn't been able to make it stop. It is unfair and one sided. Students also learn to:
  • Recognize when bullying is happening, Report bullying to an adult, & Refuse to let bullying happen 
  • Be a bystander who helps stop bullying
  • Support someone being bullied by standing up for that person and being kind and inclusive
To be proactive in helping all students feel safe and welcome at BME, anonymous surveys  are administered in the school year to help us monitor and respond to our schools bullying prevention needs. 

For bullying prevention to work, everyone at school needs to be involved. In 2013, BME adopted a comprehensive  Bullying Response and Prevention plan to guide our efforts. This plan was developed and adapted by our School Improvement Team (SIT) in accordance with national anti bullying legislation and county guidelines and protocols. You can view this comprehensive plan on the BME school web page under the parents tab. While some of the details over the years have channged, the general procedures and protocols are still intact. 

 Parents have a role to play too! Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school. You can report bullying via the school website Report Bullying link, by calling our school phone, or in person, Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied, or if he or she knows someone else being bullied. Give your child the clear message it is never ok to bully others.  

If you have any questions about the Bullying Prevention Unit or the Second Step Program, please contact me. Also, don't forget to check out our Bullying Response and Prevention Plan via the school website for more information our school's policies and procedures. Thank you for helping us make our school a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn!