Bullying Prevention

  • The Elizabethtown Area School District strives to provide all students with a quality education that prepares them to successfully transition from grade level to grade level, as well as graduates to live, learn, and thrive in a global community. To do so, it is necessary to have a school environment where all students feel safe, secure, and ready to learn.

    As such, the District uses the internationally-recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). OBPP is not a curriculum, but a program that deals with bullying at the school-wide, classroom, individual, and community levels. OBPP has proven effective at reducing bullying and making schools a safer, more positive place for students to learn.

    As part of the OBPP, students pledge to follow these four anti-bullying rules:

    • We will not bully others.
    • We will try to help students who are bullied.
    • We will try to include students who are left out.
    • If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

    Classrooms meet regularly to talk about the rules, as well as what bullying is, how to ask for help when bullying is occurring, and ways to make the classroom a positive place for students. While Olweus is a school-based initiative, it is our hope that the principles students are learning at school are applied outside of the school day as well.

    Goals of the OBPP are as follows:

    • reduce existing bullying problems among students
    • prevent the development of new bullying problems
    • achieve better peer relations at school

    If you have questions about the OBPP, you may contact Mr. Rich Schwarzman, Assistant to the Superintendent of Support Services, by email at richard_schwarzman@etownschools.org or by phone at 367-1521, ext. 10003.