I, along with others, want to remind you that October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Governor Scott stated in his most recent proclamation, “targets of bullying are more likely to acquire physical, emotional and learning problems and students who are repeatedly bullied often fear such activities as riding the bus, going to school and attending community activities.” We as educators know this to be true. The greatest amount of time during the waking hours of a school week for any child is spent traveling to school, at school and traveling home from school. I want to again encourage everyone to be especially alert and sensitive to the needs of our students. Never hesitate to report a suspected act of bullying to a school administrator. Let us always work together to create a safe environment for the greatest asset we have, our children. If you have not viewed the “Tell Somebody” video that is found on our website, please take the opportunity to do so. It is located on our homepage near the bottom. You will see the link titled “Stop Bullying.” View the video and discuss it with your students and your family. Cultivating a safe school environment is a continuing process that I will always be committed to improving.
Mary Beth Jackson
2015/2016 Safety Patrol