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A Message from Superintendent Becky McFall

March 29, 2017

Bullying Prevention and Intervention

 

The health and wellbeing of our students is of primary importance.  When students do not feel safe in school, their ability to attend to learning is negatively affected.  Lincoln Public Schools administrators and faculty take very seriously our obligation to follow up on all reported incidences of bullying and harassment.  In addition, we strive to ensure that our parent community has a clear understanding of the process for reporting a behavior or possible bullying incident involving their child.

 

All concerns should be reported to a faculty member or the principal.  Reports can be made verbally or through the use of a Bullying Incident Reporting Form available at http://www.lincnet.org/Page/162. 

 

Parents who have specific concerns about incidents involving their own child should talk directly to their child’s classroom teacher.  If the problem continues, or if the parents have continued concerns, then they should contact the school principal.  If they continue to have concerns, they should contact the Administrator for Student Services or the Superintendent.  General questions and concerns about the school’s policies and practices may also be brought to the attention of the School Committee.

 

How Prevalent is Bullying in the Lincoln Public Schools?

 

While the number of bullying incidents in our schools is low, this does not minimize the experience for the students and families who are involved.  Our faculty and administrators strive to be proactive and responsive to all behavior incidents and reports of bullying.  We have heard from some parents that they feel that incidents are under-reported.  We encourage students and parents to report concerns to faculty and administrators in order to ensure a timely response that is developmentally appropriate and matches the level of the incident.  It is difficult for faculty and administrators to address concerns that they do not know about or that are reported long after the incident occurred.

 

District-wide data for the 2016 – 2017 school year:

 

District-Wide Bullying Data for 2016 – 2017 (as of March)

How many incidents of bullying have been reported this school year? 7

How many reports of bullying have been substantiated this year? 2

How many students were targets of bullying? 2

How many students were found to be the perpetrator of bullying? 2

 

Because the incidences of bullying are low, data is being reported at the district level to maintain the confidentiality of students involved.

 

Be Informed

 

We encourage parents to be aware of Bullying Prevention and Intervention legislation, policies, and processes.

 

On January 24, 2017 Principal Sharon Hobbs, Detective/School Liaison Officer Ian Spencer, and Social Worker Alyssa Rosenfeld provided a parent information night, Good Technology to inform parents about technology use and safety, including bullying prevention and awareness strategies.

 

On March 1, 2017 (rescheduled from snow date February 13, 2017) a parent information night was held to provide information about Social Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention and Intervention in the Lincoln Public Schools.  Administrator for Student Services Mary Emmons, Principal Sarah Collmer, and Interim Principal Kristen St. George presented information and answered parent questions. Information from this presentation can be found at the link below.

Documents:

• March 1, 2017 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Presentation

http://www.lincnet.org/Page/4869

• Social Emotional Learning

http://www.lincnet.org/Page/4870

• Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan and Bullying Incident Reporting Form

http://www.lincnet.org/Page/162

 

On March 23, 2017, Superintendent Becky McFall provided a report to the School Committee regarding bullying and bullying prevention. This report included information about steps already in place, as well as steps planned to strengthen the district’s work in this area.  Information from this report can be found at http://www.lincnet.org/Page/4732.

 

On Friday, April 7th at 8:45 a.m. in the Hartwell Multipurpose Room, Mary Emmons, Administrator for Student Services, will be the guest speaker at the Lincoln PTO meeting.  She will present on Bullying Prevention and Intervention.  Parents are encouraged to attend to learn about the steps that are taken when bullying is a concern.

 

Confidentiality

 

The linked article below is meant to provide perspective regarding the legal right to confidentiality of all children in our public schools.  We understand that there is often a desire for more and specific information about actions that the schools have taken in response to discipline and bullying behaviors.  To protect every student’s rights, however, we are simply not able to provide the information that may at times be desired.

 

Washington Post Article by Valerie Strauss, November 14, 2014 (Click Here or below):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/11/14/teacher-to-parents-about-that-kid-the-one-who-hits-disrupts-and-influences-your-kid/?utm_term=.310835952565 

 

We want all of our students to feel safe and welcomed in our schools.  If your child feels unsafe or is involved in an incident with another student that is inappropriate, contact your child’s teacher or the school principal immediately.  Open communication between home and school is essential to ensuring that we meet the needs of all students and sustain a safe and welcoming culture in our schools.

 

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