All schools deal with the issue of bullying. The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community School District is taking proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying by adopting the PK-12 Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This research-based school-wide "systems-change" program has been used successfully in schools all over the country and around the world with positive results.
This program is not a curriculum that students participate in for only a few weeks. Rather, it is a coordinated effort by all the adults in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens. As part of the program, students participate in weekly class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it, and how they can work with adults at school to put a stop to it even as bystanders. Parents will have meetings, too, so they can support the messages students are getting in school.
MMC Junior/Senior High School Principal Michael Rundall said "Our data (Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools) stated that relationships are a problem in our school. We want to work together as a staff and community to help create the best environment possible for our students, staff, and visitors. We feel as though the Olweus program will provide the resources and programs we need to teach, inform, and model proper behavior."
Implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a long-term commitment to making Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn a safer, more positive place to be.
The kickoff celebration for the program will be held on Wednesday, January 2nd at 3:00 PM in the high school gymnasium in Marcus. The public is encouraged to attend to learn how they can play a role in helping to stop bullying in our school and communities.
For more information about the program and/or ways to become involved, contact Renea Ogren, high school guidance counselor or Michael Rundall, 7-12 principal at (712) 376-4171.