Anti-Bullying Information

To report a bullying incident, please contact your school’s administrator or select from the list below:

To view VVSD’s harassment/bullying policy, please click here

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Dear Valley View School District Parent,

We recognize that a safe learning environment is critical to help each child achieve academic success. The negative impact of bullying has been well publicized in the national news. We encourage you to discuss bullying and its negative impact with your child.

What is bullying?

Bullying is not a single act of unkindness. It must contain three components:

1. It is a repeated act.
2. It is meant to hurt or humiliate another person.
3. It involves an imbalance of power. Bullies choose targets
    that they perceive are unable or unwilling to defend themselves.

Our district is taking steps to ensure that your child is in a positive safe environment. On November 1, all Valley View schools will implement Sprigeo, an online anonymous report tool, to report bullying incidents and school safety threats. Sprigeo gives your child another medium to communicate with our school if a bullying or school safety incident occurs and they are uncomfortable reporting the incident directly to a staff member. All information sent through the Sprigeo system goes directly to authorized school personnel through a secure online connection. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance.

How does the Sprigeo system work?

Students can access the reporting form directly through a link on our school web site or they may go directly to Sprigeo.com. After completing the reporting form and clicking the “Go” button, the report details are sent in a secure email to our authorized school personnel. Once received, the report will be promptly investigated.

Does the school receive false reports?

Over 95% of reports sent through the Sprigeo system have been confirmed as authentic requests for help with a bullying incident or school safety threat. And although reports can be sent anonymously, over 90% of students choose to include their name. Unlike text messages or Facebook posts that can be shared among students, Sprigeo reports are viewable only by school personnel, minimizing the impact that one student has to falsely accuse or abuse another student.

Why is there a need for an online reporting system?

Ideally, a student will confide in a trusted administrator or teacher. However, research confirms that the number one reason that children do not report bullying or abuse is the fear of retaliation from their peers. The Sprigeo reporting form can be accessed from the privacy of a home computer or on other Internet equipped device, eliminating the possibility of being identified by another student.

If your child does not have access to the Internet, a phone extension at each school will be dedicated to report bullying. The extension will be published on the school website or can be requested from the school office. To make a phone report, simply call the school main number and dial the designated extension. A detailed message can be left.

If you have any questions about Sprigeo or bullying, please call your school administrator. A copy of the district Harassment/Bullying policy is enclosed and can also be found in the student handbook. Your child’s safety is our number one concern.

Sincerely,


Dr. James A. Mitchem, Superintendent

Links

Books for Adults

  • Bullying Beyond The Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying, S. Hinduja and J.W. Patchin
  • Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do, D. Olweus
  • The ABCs of Bullying Prevention, K. Shore

Non-fiction Books for Children

  • Dealing With Bullying, M. Johnston
  • Talking About Bullying, J. Powell
  • Bullies Are A Pain in the Brain, T. Romain
  • Bullying, P. Sanders
  • Stop Picking On Me: A First Look at Bullying, P. Thomas
  • Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Me? A Guide to Handling Bullies, T. Webster-Doyle

Fiction Books for Children

  • Marianthe’s Story: Painted Words/Spoken Memories, Akili
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bully, S. Berenstain
  • Loudmouth George and the Sixth Grade Bully, N. Carlson
  • Weirdo’s War, M. Coleman
  • Mean Mean Maureen Green, J. Cox
  • King of the Cooties, D. Dadey
  • The Girls, A. Koss
  • Baseball Ballerina Strikes Out, K. McKeon
  • Amelia Takes Command, M. Moss
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker, P. Polacco