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Bullying Prevention


All forms of bullying and cyber bullying by school district students are prohibited. Anyone who engages in bullying or cyber bullying in violation of this Policy shall be subject to appropriate discipline. Students who have been bullied or cyber bullied shall promptly report such incidents to the designated employees. Complaints of bullying or cyber bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when a complaint is verified.
 
To report any types of bullying please click on the link below:
 
 
NO PLACE FOR HATE
 
No Place for Hate®, an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League, enables schools to “say no” to anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms. By providing an innovative and powerful model for creating more inclusive environments, No Place for Hate aims to reduce bias and bullying, increase appreciation for diversity and build communities of respect. The initiative is free-of-charge, and is tailored to fit the needs and cultures of any school, organization or community.
 
The Penn-Bernville Elementary faculty and staff embraced this philosophy. We felt that the No Place for Hate philosophy was a great compliment for the Olweus Bullying Prevention program we already had in place. We, and one other Berks County Elementary School, were the first two schools in the county to receive the No Place for Hate Designation. Our students recite the No Place for Hate Pledge each day as part of our morning routine. In addition, our school completes three Anti Defamation League approved projects annually in order to maintain our designation.
 
 
OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION and RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
 
In the 2000-2001 school year a team of nine Penn-Bernville teachers participated in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Pilot training at the Berks County Intermediate Unit. The OIweus system is considered to be the most effective and most highly researched bullying prevention program available to schools . Students and staff were surveyed to find out where, when, and who was bullying. This information led to many changes including training in classroom meetings to encourage our students to share and discuss issues that could lead to bullying. Students were, and continue to be, taught the definition of bullying and how to recognize bullying. Bystanders are taught to report and stand opportunity to submit a BULLYING REPORT anonymously. The Olweus Bullying Prevention program provided the foundation to a complimentary program called Restorative Practices. Once again a team of seven Penn-Bernville staff received training in how using class meetings (Restorative Circles) to engage students in open dialogue.The premise behind Restorative Practice is to help students learn how to make amends, offer an appropriate apology, and come up with ideas to prevent future problems. Please see the links to learn more about both of these programs which have greatly enhanced our bullying prevention program.
 
What is bullying?
 
An unkind action or remark that occurs over and over again (repeated and not a single isolated incident)
 
An imbalance of power (i.e two or three against one, older against younger, male against female)
 
District Administrative Office
27 Rehrersburg Road
Bethel, PA 19507
717-933-4611
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