What is Bullying?
The simple definition of bullying is when someone keeps acting mean on purpose. It could be hurting someone's body (kicking, hitting), hurting someone's feelings (teasing, name-calling) or hurting someone's friendships (leaving someone out, spreading rumors).
Any behavior associated with bullying hurts the individuals involved as well as the community as a whole. Here at OCS, we are working towards creating a bully free environment for our entire community.
How are we creating a Bully Free environment?
- Character Education Programs - we recognize that the development of positive character traits directly correlates to the future success of our students
- Anti-Bullying Task Force - faculty volunteers come together to create consistency across grade levels in the reporting and resolution of bullying issues
- Board of Education Policies - the Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment within its schools. As such, the Board is working towards creating and implementing new Anti-Bullying policies for the entire district
- Code of Conduct Enforcement - the OCS Code of Conduct currently defines Bullying/Harrassment as: the act of threatening bodily harm or repeatedly tormenting another person and any other behavior that is intended to or has the reasonable effect of annoying, intimidating, or causing fear in another by one or more people. Harassment and/or bullying may take the form of comments verbal or written, name-calling, jokes, stalking, perpetuating rumors or gossip, offensive gestures, offensive remarks, physical abuse, or any other behavior that is designed to annoy, intimidate, or cause fear. This also includes harassment/bullying through the use of electronic devices or media. Enforcement of the Code of Conduct across grade levels will ensure that a safe a productive environment is available for all students and staff.
Resources for Families
Below are listed a few of the many resources available on bullying and it's prevention. The resources listed here are being utilized by the Anti-Bullying Task Force as well as the Board of Education in the review and formation of district policies. Resources will be updated periodically over the course of the school year.
"Giving Students the Tools to Break the Cycle of Bullying"
"Guidance of Bullying and Cyberbullying"
"Cyberbullying: What Schools Can Do to Stop It"
"When Bullying Turns Deadly: Can it Be Stopped?"