Eliminate Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation
Calvert County Public Schools strongly believes that all students should feel safe and secure at school, school-sponsored activities and events, and while on school buses. These environments should be free from all forms of bullying, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination.
To that end, Calvert County Public Schools will not condone or allow any verbal, non-verbal, written, or physical assaults or harassments in any form, including hazing or similar activities. Any activities that humiliate, tease, harass, injure, or potentially injure as part of a ritual related to belonging to a club, team, or group are strictly forbidden.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) is a comprehensive approach that includes school wide, classroom, individual, and community components. The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate.
It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among schoolchildren and to improve peer relations at school.
The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.
The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States. The OBPP aligns with many Common Core Standards.
Calvert County Public Schools has five schools trained in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (Barstow ES, Calvert ES, Saint Leonard ES, Calvert MS, and Calvert HS) and is planning on training two additional schools each summer until all schools are trained as funds allow.