At Davidson River School, the school resource officer, school counselor, and teachers take an assertive approach to address bullying. We believe it is important to address these topics directly and promptly, to promote positive peer behaviors, and to actively handle negative situations. School rules are reviewed with students through online delivery, and in small group discussions with administration and SRO early each semester. All students receive training in cyber-bullying and Internet safety.
The school counselor incorporates topics such as peer pressure, victim mentality, character education and anti-bullying into small group and individual counseling programs. Small group and individual counseling groups also address and encourage positive friendship skills.
School administration, school counselor and SRO work with students individually who are having issues with relational aggression and frequently conduct mediations to resolve issues. Staff members are also available to discuss parent and student perceptions about bullying and work with all stakeholders to resolve issues.
Guided Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution /Mediations are available through a partnership with The Mediation Center. Character education themes are also integrated into incentive programs such as small and large group activities throughout the year.
All staff are trained in identifying and supporting students who feel bullied and have completed extensive professional development in “TRP - Totally Responsible Person” character education techniques. Anti - bullying themes are stressed each semester through poster contests, writing contests and other curriculum integrations. Multicultural themes and diversity/tolerance are taught through social studies and English classes, through selected novel studies and in other class activities. Classes participate in the county-wide week long anti-bullying campaign. Activities include anti-bullying themes with activities from www.Teaching Tolerance.org. Many DRS students have their work published through online exhibits sponsored by various web sites.