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P.A.W.S = Positive Attitude. Appropriate
choices.Work for success. Show Respect.

Respectful School Climate Expectations:
Respect for self
Respect for property
Respect for student/adult relationships
Respect for peers

As a school, Spring Run strives to promote a respectful school climate in many ways and we address all disrespectful behaviors including bullying.

What differentiates “bullying” from unkind behaviors?
  • Unwanted, aggressive behavior with intent to harm
  • A real or perceived imbalance of power between
  • the student(s) doing the bullying and the student(s)
  • being bullied
  • Behavior that is repeated, or has the potential to be
  • repeated, over time

What Bullying is Not:
  • A conflict between peers of equal power
  • Teasing or horseplay with NO intent to harm
  • An isolated, individual aggressive action
  • A “normal” part of growing up

As a school, we strive to promote respect in many ways
and will address all disrespectful behaviors - whether
they are classified as “bullying” or not.

Types of Bullying:
  • Verbal - Saying or writing mean things
  • Social - Hurting one’s reputation or
  • relationships
  • Physical - Hurting a person’s body or
  • possessions
  • Cyber - Use of email, social network, cell
  • phones, texting, etc.

  • Aggressor(s) - those who initiate or continue/
  • encourage the bullying behavior
  • Target(s)- those being bullied
  • Bystander(s) - those who watch and are aware,
  • but do not participate (positively or negatively)
  • Upstander(s) - those who intervene/follow
  • reporting procedures with the intention of
  • stopping the behaviors (Caring Majority)

Signs That A Child May Be Bullying Others:
  • Gets into physical or verbal fights
  • Associates with others who bully
  • Is increasingly aggressive
  • Views violence as acceptable
  • Seems to dominate or manipulate others
  • Has unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Seems particularly competitive or concerned about status/
  • image
  • Does not feel accountable for actions-blames others
Why Students Don't Ask For Help:
  • Try handling the situation on their own
  • Fear of being considered weak or a tattletale
  • Fear of backlash or retaliation
  • Embarrassment
  • Fear of isolation or rejection
  • Not wanting to get involved (bystanders)
  • No safe, reliable reporting system
How We Respond to Bullying Behavior?


Do You Suspect Bullying?

Contact a teacher, counselor or administrator if bullying behavior is suspected on school property or between students.

What is our school’s safe, reliable reporting system?

Promote Respect – Teacher Report
Promote Respect – Student Report

How To Support Your Child:
  • If a target of bullying - provide reassurance,
  • Encourage appropriate self-advocacy, ensure a report is made (ignoring the situation is not always recommended)
  • If a bystander- encourage reporting
  • If an upstander - validate decision to stand up;
  • Verify report was made; promote discretion

What if your child is bullying others?
  • Calmly intervene to stop the behavior
  • Directly address the behavior and reinforce your expectations
  • “This behavior is unacceptable because ____.”
  • “We expect you to ____”
  • Hold your child accountable for his/her decisions
  • and actions (Don’t debate, argue, or accept excuses)
  • Increase monitoring and supervision
  • Be a good role model

A Parent’s Role in a Respectful School Climate:
  • Model and encourage respectful behaviors for your children
  • Notify a teacher, counselor or administrator of concerns about
  • bullying
  • Be involved with your child and aware of his/her hobbies,
  • friends, electronic communications & interests
  • Hold your child accountable for his/her decisions
  • Acknowledge positive, respectful behaviors to nurture self-
  • confidence
  • Encourage use of the Caring Majority

A positive, respectful school
climate helps build a positive,
respectful community.