Welcome to the Vandercook
Lake Anti-Bullying Page
Vandercook Lake Public Schools, under direction from the Board of Education has begun implementation of an Anti-Violence Bullying Prevention Program. On September 1, 2009 the entire district administration, faculty, and staff were trained in this program. A district core committee, consisting of administrators and counselors has been formed, along with a sub-committee for each building that includes administrators, faculty, and staff.
Beginning September 2011 faculty member Roschenne Parmalee's primary responsibility is the implementation of this program. Roschenne is a licensed school counselor as well as a limited license professional counselor.
Mean Aggressive Behavior vs. Bullying
“Mean aggressive behavior” as defined by Vandercook Lake Schools is any gesture, word, or action that hurts a person’s body, feelings, friendships, reputation or property.
“Normal peer conflict”
· 2 or more students who have a disagreement, conflict, or misunderstanding.
· Students involved are of fairly equal rank, social status, or equally matched in strength and power.
· One or both students may be impulsive, and /or lack anger management and problem solving/conflict resolution skills.
· The hurtful behavior may or may not be repeated in the future.
· It may or may not have been intentional that the aggressive behavior occurred.
“Bullying” is a small subset of aggressive behavior that meets the following criteria:
1. There is an imbalance of power between the bully and the target
2. The behavior is intentional
3. The behavior is repeated over time
The intent of the Vandercook Lake bullying prevention program is to focus on individual acts of aggressive behavior and promote positive relationships before bullying can occur in our learning community.
· Educating students, staff and community
· Raising expectations for behavior
· Promoting positive relationships
> Among students
> Among staff
> Between students and staff
· Promoting school pride and “ownership” of our school environment
· Holding students accountable for mean aggressive behavior
> Please see the attached rubric for consequences of mean aggressive behavior.