The Kentucky “Get Involved, Get it Solved, Stop the Bullying” campaign is sponsored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. This observance coincides with the national campaign. America’s Safe Schools Week is sponsored by the National School Safety Center.
Those who use bullying behavior in school thrive on intimidation, humiliation and secrecy. They count on the silence of bystanders and students who are victimized. During Kentucky Safe Schools Week, every student, every educator and all staff and community members alike are asked to “Roll up your sleeves and lace up your shoes” and “Get Involved” in activities to reduce the bullying in our schools and community. There are many ways that students, staff and community members can get involved from educating others about the seriousness of bullying to self-examination of one’s own actions when bullying occurs. Learning to solve these issues can be as easy as leaving an online tip. Students can be a “Silent Hero” and help without getting involved if they fear retaliation. The Kentucky Center for School Safety offers to partner with schools and provide a “free” online reporting tool, the S.T.O.P! TIPLINE. The tip line encourages students, parents, or community members who know of an unsafe situation in school to anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using a digital format. Check it out at www.kycss.org/stop/resources.php. Getting involved may be volunteering to put up posters in the school halls and on community bulletin boards. It may be noticing a lonely student and asking him/her to eat lunch with you. By taking the online “Get Involved… Pledge Against Bullying” you encourage others and reflect on your personal commitment to stop bullying.
For Safe Schools Week the KCSS website has an online pledge and Kentucky Safe Schools Week Tool Kit loaded with resources for school administrators, parents and community involvement at www.kysafeschools.org/ssw.php.
“Get Involved…Pledge Against Bullying”
To keep Kentucky schools safe places in which to learn and work, I pledge to:
Get involved by not bullying others.
Get involved by trying to help students who are bullied.
Get involved by trying to include students who are left out.
Get involved by telling an adult at school or home, if I know somebody is being bullied.
Henderson County Schools has various activities planned for Safe Schools Week, including wearing orange district-wide on Wednesday, October 18 for Unity Day - uniting against bullying.
North Middle School will host a Bully Prevention Kick-off for their new Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The event will be held on October 20, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at North Middle School. It is a family event for NMS families and community members. The event will include free dinner, games, inflatables, a bully pledge wall, face painting, and a haunted house.