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OLWEUS - Bullying Prevention

DeKalb Central Schools wants to make sure that students feel safe and welcome at school. OLWEUS has been proven to prevent or reduce bully like behavior when staff and parents work as a team.

OLWEUS is a research-based framework that we use to prevent bully-like behavior in our school.  It is designed for all students, and it is both preventive AND responsive in nature. OLWEUS requires on-going and systematic efforts by all adults and students in our building to establish a strong culture and climate of respect and responsibility in our school.  We empower students to stop mean and hurtful behavior by teaching them strategies they can use to Stand Up and Step Up instead of standing by without taking action.

OLWEUS is NOT a curriculum, a conflict resolution or peer mediation approach, an anger management program, or a suicide prevention program.

OLWEUS IS a framework that invites all staff and all students to actively invest in making our school climate a place that is safe for all to learn.

OLWEUS Bullying Definition

“Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.”

When an incident of suspected bullying is observed or reported, a staff member will talk with both the alleged offender and the victim.  The offender will be assigned appropriate discipline if the incident was witnessed by a staff member or if the offender admits to acting in a mean and hurtful manner.  Phone calls may be made to both students’ homes by a staff member if a bullying incident has occurred. Each incident is also tracked to allow our guidance and administrative staff to track patterns of students involved in offender or victim roles.  

DeKalb High School Anti-Bullying Rules

  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will help students who are bullied.
  3. We will include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
How can you get involved?

Remind your child that if they (or a friend) are being treated in a mean and hurtful manner, they need to tell an adult at school and an adult at home RIGHT AWAY.  If your child is reporting incidents to you, but not to someone at school, we need to know about it.

PBIS Framework
(Positive Behavior Intervention Supports)

Celebrating Positive Behavior:
PBIS is a framework that focuses on the positive aspects of behavior by supporting students in making choices that are consistent with school-wide expectations. Staff members encourage students to continue making positive choices in their everyday lives.

Baron Beliefs

Student of the Month:
Each month students are nominated by the staff for their demonstration of one of our Baron Beliefs.  The theme rotates each month.  A variety of community partners have graciously donated gift cards and other treats for our Student of the Month recipients.  

Baron Pride Meetings:
At least once per month during homeroom, students and staff engage in Baron Pride lessons and activities.  These reinforce our Baron Beliefs and what it means to be a Baron of strong character.