Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, consistent approach to school-wide discipline. The vision for Jefferson Lighthouse is to bring about changes in its school community in order to maximize opportunities for students to achieve academic, social, and lifestyle skills competence.
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Jefferson Lighthouse works to have a bully free environment at its school. Staff works to make sure students understand the dangers of bullying and the long-term effects it can have on others. If students witness bullying they should report it to a Jefferson Lighthouse staff member as soon as possible.
If you are being bullied, remember:
- Don’t blame yourself. It is not your fault. No matter what someone says or does, you should not be ashamed of who you are or what you feel.
- Be proud of who you are. Despite what a bully says, there are many wonderful things about you. Keep those in mind instead of the messages you hear from bullies.
- Get help. Talk to a parent, teacher, counselor, or other trusted adult. Seeing a counselor does not mean there is something wrong with you.
- Learn to deal with stress. Finding ways to relieve stress can make you more resilient so you won’t feel overwhelmed by bullying. Exercise, meditation, positive self-talk, muscle relaxation, and breathing exercises are all good ways to manage the stress from bullying.
Jefferson has a Bully Prevention Coordinator, who determines whether an incident is bullying. If it is determined that a situation is bullying, incident paperwork is completed and the incident is recorded in Infinite Campus.
Myths and Facts About Bullying
MYTH: It's only bullying if the child is physically hurt. Words can't hurt.
FACT: Types of bullying can also involve verbal, relationship, or cyber-bullying. Words do hurt and they can have a devastating effect on the emotional wellbeing of a child or teen.
MYTH: My child would never be a bully.
FACT: All kids make mistakes; it’s part of growing up. Parents who deny the possibility that their child is capable of being hurtful make it harder for bullies to get the help they need.
MYTH: Bullies are simply bad people and should be expelled from school.
FACT: There are a lot of reasons why children bully. Some are bullied themselves, at home or elsewhere, others bully only when they feel stressed or overwhelmed.
MYTH: Kids can be either bullies or victims, not both.
FACT: Kids can often change roles, going from victim to bully and back again. For example, a bully in fifth grade may be a victim when he moves to middle school, or a victim in the playground can take revenge and become the bully online.