St. Rose Elementary School begins bullying-prevention program _lowres

Photo provided by St. Rose Elementary School--Courtney Spanolios, a kindergarten teacher at St. Rose Elementary, holds a video used in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

All schools deal with bullying. St. Rose Elementary School is taking steps to prevent and stop bullying by adopting a research-based program of in-depth change that has been used successfully around the world.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is an effort by all the adults in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens. As part of the program, students participate in weekly class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it, and how they can work with adults at school to put a stop to it even as bystanders. Parents will meet, too, so they can support the messages students are getting in school.

Lisa Perrin, St. Rose Elementary School’s principal, said, “This type of program is about changing the whole school climate to make it a safer, more positive place to learn. One change that many schools have noticed after using this program for a year or two is that students actually like school better. It makes sense.”

For information, contact Perrin or Judy Rongey, at (504) 464-9254.