Parent Anti-Bully Education Letter

Parent Anti-Bully Education
Posted on 10/21/2014
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Dear Parents/Guardians,

 Farmington Area Public Schools addresses all forms of bullying in a proactive manner.  This is done by teaching expected behaviors and positive character traits at age-appropriate levels across the district.  We believe that the students benefit when schools, families, and community work together to address bullying.

 Farmington Area Public Schools recently adopted a revised anti-bullying policy, consistent with new legislation, which defines bullying as intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and:

  1. an actual or perceived imbalance of power exists between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; or
  2. materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges.

 Farmington Area Public Schools uses consistent programming to educate our students on the effects of bullying, how to stop it, how to prevent it, and how to ask for help.   Elementary schools use Tiger STAR Character Education lessons.  Likewise, the middle schools promote respect and belonging through character development lessons in Tiger Time and the WEB mentorship program. Link Crew and Ramp up to Readiness are in place at the high school level to help promote a positive student environment.

 Farmington Area Public Schools believes that parental involvement is just as important and crucial when dealing with bullying.  Here are some things that parents/guardians can do to help their children at home.

  • Monitor their social media sites
  • Know their passwords
  • Set boundaries for online use
  • Get to know their friends and parents
  • Communicate with other parents if you see something on social media
  • Model strategies to help children learn how to handle difficult social situations
  • Discuss your child’s day with them
  • Help your child understand the difference between a bad day or situation vs. being targeted by someone or a group of people
  • Volunteer & get involved in your child’s school
  • Contact your child’s teacher immediately if you suspect bullying has occurred
Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education. Please feel free to contact a FHS administrator or your student’s counselor if you have any questions regarding any of this information.