Students and staff at Top of the World Elementary School planned on wearing orange on Wednesday in honor of national anti-bullying day. Additionally, orange “kindness notes” would be handed out to those exhibiting exemplary behavior in their actions towards others.
Revised bullying brochures and materials were prepared for bullying awareness month in October, Deni Christensen, assistant superintendent of instructional services, said previously. “I know what it’s like to be bullied and I don’t want any students to have to deal with that,” she said.
District-wide Laguna administrators embrace an anti-bullying system called PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) that outlines clear behavior expectations, tracks behavior, rewards good behavior and provides for intervention in cases of inappropriate behavior.
Each school implements their own plan: Rachel’s Challenge at Top of the World encourages inclusion and empathy by rewarding students for acts of kindness; El Morro’s Character Counts campaign emphasizes the mantra respect, responsibility and kindness; and at Thurston and the high school, PALS, or peer-assisted leaders, provide a student bulwark against bullies, stepping in to ensure that new students do not become loners, in addition to other programs.