Code of Behavior Bullying Definition:
"Bullying means any aggressive or unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. Bullying included cyber bullying. Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict." (Virginia Code

Sinclair Elementary School's Anti-Bullying Rules
1. We will not bully others.
2. We will help students who are bullied.
3. We will include students who are left out.
4. We will tell an adult at school and at home when a student is being bullied.  

What Is Bullying?


Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, verbal harassment, spreading false rumors, not letting someone be part of the group, and sending nasty messages on a cell phone or over the Internet.


What Is the Olweus Program?

 The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) prevents or reduces bullying. It is not a curriculum, but a program that deals with bullying at four levels:



• All students will follow these four anti-bullying rules:

  1. We will not bully others.

  2. We will help students who are bullied.

  3. We will include students who are left out.

  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied,

      we will tell an adult at school and an adult at


• Staff will make sure that all areas of our school where bullying is likely to occur are being watched.

• Students will complete questionnaires to give us information about the amount and type of bullying at our school.


In the Classroom

• Sinclair’s anti-bullying rules taught in all classrooms.

• Class meetings to discuss bullying

• Teachers will discuss positive and negative consequences to bullying behavior.


For Individuals Who Bully or Who Are Bullied

• Teachers and staff trained with S.T.O.P.

• Consequences are addressed for bullying behavior.

• Teachers and staff will provide support to bullied students.

• Parents of both parties will be contacted.


In the Community

• Our school will be looking for ways to develop partnerships with community members and carry the anti-bullying message community-wide.

What Can I Do If I Think My Child Is Being Bullied?


Students should tell an adult at home and at school if they are being bullied or know of a bullying problem.


It is important that any adult (at home or at school) take action right away:


• Share your concerns with your child’s teacher and principal.

• Talk with and focus on your child.

• Try to find out more about your child’s school life.

• Encourage your child to spend time with friendly students in his or her class and meet new friends outside of school.

• Teach your child safety strategies, such as how to seek help from an adult.

If you and your child need additional help, talk with a school counselor and/or mental health professional.

What Can I Do If My Child Is Bullying Others?


Here are some things you can do to help your child stop bullying others:

a. Talk to your child about the seriousness of bullying behavior.

b. Develop and enforce rules for your child’s behavior.

c. Give praise for positive behavior and establish consequences when rules are broken.

d. Spend time with your child and monitor his or her activities.

e. Try to get your child involved in positive social activities in the community.

f. Share your concerns with your child’s teacher and work together to change the behavior.

g. If additional help is needed, talk to a school counselor and/or mental health professional.

Questions to help in Talking About Bullying with Your Child


• What does the word “bullying” mean to you and what are your thoughts about it?

• How does it make you feel when you see others being bullied?

• What do you usually do when you see bullying behavior going on?

• Have you ever tried to help someone who was being bullied?

• Would you feel like a “tattletale” if you reported the bullying behavior to an adult?

• What does bullying look like?

• Do you or your friends ever leave other students out of activities?

• What do you think your school should be doing to help stop bullying?

• What can I do as a parent to help you when you tell me about bullying behavior?


If you have any questions about our school’s bullying prevention program, please contact:

  • Your child’s classroom teacher.
  • Olweus Committee Chair: Daniel Foose - foosedv@pwcs.edu
  • School Counselors:

         Waltina Edwards - edwardww@pwcs.edu
         Crystal Downs -    downscn@pwcs.edu




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