Bullying and Harassment Prevention Plan

June-August
Principal seeks out professional development related to the prevention of bullying and harassment. This may be a formal workshop, training, or reading a book.

Before School Teacher Workshop
Review current laws and school policies with teachers related to bullying and harassment. Emphasis is on the definition of bullying or harassment, how to intervene and support students being bullied or harassed, and reporting procedures of bullying or harassing behaviors.

Teachers and staff will be introduced to the book, “Bullying in Schools: What You Need to Know” by Paul Langdon and the planned activities for the school year.

First Student Day Assembly
Review with students the definition of bullying and harassment and how they can report these behaviors (verbally, written, or anonymously). Describe ways that they can stand up to bullying and harassment and support students being bullied or harassed.

Students will be given a preview of the book “Bullying in Schools: What You Need to Know” by Paul Langan. The book will be used to discuss the facts of bullying, stories about bullying, and what to do about bullying. Students will be informed that follow up activities will be ongoing throughout the school year.

September
Put bullying and harassment prevention messages on the Digital Bulletin Board (DBB), the Facebook page, and website. Includes written messages, videos, and announcements.

A letter will be sent home to parents explaining the bullying and harassment laws and school policies including the expectations and consequences for students.

Students will begin to use the book, “Bullying in Schools: What You Need to Know” to discuss facts of bullying.
Activate the Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) team to educate students and teachers about bullying and harassment issues in our school.

October
Bullying and Harassment Survey given to all Machias Memorial High School students.

Continue prevention messages on DBB, Facebook, and website.

Students will read, “Pretty Ugly” by Paul Langdon.

Students will use the book, “Bullying in Schools: What You Need to Know” to read stories about bullying.

A Facebook page titled, “Bulldogs Against Bullying” will be created as a resource for students. The page would be a place to host discussions and share ideas on how to reduce bullying in our school. It would also be a place to educate students on bullying and how to stand up against it. Links to other organizations and schools would be a feature of the page.

Continue prevention messages on DBB, Facebook, and website.

November
Students will use the book, “Bullying in Schools: What You Need to Know” to discuss what they can do about bullying.

Share survey results with Machias Memorial High School students, teachers, and parents.

Continue prevention messages on DBB, Facebook, and website.

December
Students will read, “The Bully” by Paul Langdon.

Continue prevention messages on DBB, Facebook, and website.

January
Begin “Be Kind” and “Pledge to Stop Bullying” campaigns.

Continue prevention messages on DBB, Facebook, and website.

February
Continue “Be Kind” and “Pledge to Stop Bullying” campaigns.

Guest speaker related to bullying or harassment prevention.

Continue prevention messages on DBB, Facebook, and website.

March
Continue “Be Kind” and “Pledge to Stop Bullying” campaigns.

Form a team to create a bullying presentation for area elementary schools.

Continue prevention messages on DBB, Facebook, and website.

April
Continue “Be Kind” and “Pledge to Stop Bullying” campaigns.

Team will tour area elementary schools with their presentation.

Continue prevention messages on DBB, Facebook, and website.

May
Reflect and celebrate on team’s work and plan future work with an off-site event.