Mapleton is committed to creating caring communities where all children feel safe, respected and valued. Bullying behavior can have serious effects on students’ emotional and academic well-being. A key part of the work of Integrated Services - Health Services is preventing bullying and other unsafe behavior that can often act as a barrier to success.
In 2019, Mapleton's Board of Education approved the Olweus (ol-vay-us) Bully Prevention Program for use in all schools. After a full year of training, the Olwesus program will be introduced to schools beginning in the fall of 2020. The program brings school communities together to prevent bullying through strong relationship-building, meaningful classroom meetings and partnering with families and community members.
What is the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. OBPP is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School administrators, teachers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program. These efforts are designed to improve peer relations and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop.
What are the goals of OBPP?
The goals of the program are:
- To reduce existing bullying problems among students
- To prevent the development of new bullying problems
- To achieve better peer relations at school
To read more about the success of the Olweus program, read more here: https://olweus.sites.clemson.edu/about.php
If you have questions regarding bullying situations or other safety concerns, please contact your child’s school.