On Tuesday, October 17, Judge Executive Mike Anderson officially proclaimed the week, as Wayne County Safe Schools Week, joining the Kentucky Center for School Safety campaign being implemented locally.
Kentucky Safe Schools Week is being promoted on the Wayne County School campus to help eliminate bullying. Together we can “Get Involved and Get it Solved” STOP the Bullying” educational campaign is being emphasized at the schools. The school district stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect.
Wayne County School representatives Renee Kennett, Cindy Rose and Melissa Gossage discussed school safety with County Judge Executive Mike Anderson at the proclamation signing.
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. Wayne County Middle School Counselors Cindy Rose and Lori Anderson are going into classrooms this week to train students to recognize what bullying is, as well as the difference between bullying and conflict. They are explaining the four types of bullying – physical, verbal, emotional and cyber bullying – and how to combat it.
“Anybody can bully or be bullied,” said Rose. “It does not fit a stereotype or what we think of typically. I focus more on the bystander who witness the event in our classes. By doing nothing, they empower the bully (it is not about the person, but their behavior). But, by standing with the victim they can empower them and it is important that they report the behavior to an adult.”
“Also, we need to encourage parents to be fully aware of their students’ online activities. It is every parent’s right to know their student’s passwords,” noted Rose.
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. Students at the middle school are taking the online “Get Involved… Pledge Against Bullying” at www.kycss.org/getinvolved/index.php and are trying to reach 1,000 local participants by the end of the week. It helps encourage others and gives participants a chance to reflect on their personal commitment to stop bullying. The local community is encouraged to sign the pledge too.
According to national statistics from a survey conducted in 2010, 160,000 students per day miss school for fear of being bullied, Rose reported. Therefore, local counselors will continue to educate students on this issue to try and lessen the severity. Character education is another means used locally to promote proper behavior at the middle school level.
In addition to these activities, next week, students at Bell Elementary will recognize Red Ribbon Week beginning with a variety of anti-drug promotional activities.
School representatives (l-r): Renee Kennett, Cindy Rose, and Melissa Gossage
“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.
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. “I support and encourage all Kentuckians to get involved and help solve the bullying issues in the schools across our Commonwealth. Joining together, we can make a personal commitment to reduce intimidation and harassment in our schools, while we work to improve culture and build relationships.” said Jon Akers, Executive Director, KCSS.
Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt
COMMISSIONER PROCLAIMS SAFE SCHOOLS WEEK OCTOBER 15-21
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has signed a proclamation declaring that October 15-21 is Safe Schools Week in Kentucky.
“Excellence in education is dependent on safe, secure and peaceful school settings,” Pruitt said. “Yet, too often we hear about students whose education is jeopardized by crime or violence, such as substance abuse, gangs, bullying, poor discipline, vandalism and absenteeism. This puts not only their education and well-being at risk but also the well-being of teachers and staff.”
Safe Schools Week is designed to raise public awareness and improve the safety of our schools by educating students,
staff and community members about bullying prevention, conflict resolution and relationship building.
“As Kentuckians, we all must focus attention on school safety not only during Safe Schools Week, but year-round, and
work to identify, develop and promote answers that will result in all of our state’s schools being safe places to learn, teach and work,” Pruitt said.
This year's School Safety Week theme, “Get Involved and Get it Solved, Stop the Bullying!,” encourages students,
parents or community members, to come up with innovative answers to promote safe and secure learning climates.
Everyone is encouraged to take the “Get Involved” Pledge Against Bullying in order to raise awareness about the need
for safe schools.
The Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) website includes a variety of teaching aids on bullying prevention and school safety including PowerPoint presentations, lessons, interactive websites and much more. Resources also are available for school administrators, parents and the community.