Bully Prevention

Ridley School District is proactive in helping its students
with issues of childhood bullying through the implementation of the
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

The Olweus [pronounced Ol-VEY-us] Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.

Bullying is one of the most difficult issues students face. Even with a school's best efforts, students may still experience bullying in classrooms, school hallways, the lunchroom and the playground or athletic fields. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. Implemented at the school, classroom, and inpidual levels, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to reduce bullying, prevent future bullying, and improve relationships at every level.

Professional development for all faculty using the Olweus Program was funded through a series of grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Center for Safe Schools and Communities.

For district policy regarding bullying, visit the Community Section-School Board-Policy Manual #249.

For more information about the elements of the program, click here.


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