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Letter To Parents On Bullying & Harassment

Hard copies of the letter from Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett addressed to parents/legal guardians on bullying & harassment was sent home with FSDB students Friday, November 18, 2016. English and Spanish links to the original letter in PDF format are provided at the end of this post. Click here for the ASL version, also available below (FSDB Vimeo channel; timecodes for each section are in the description section). 

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians:

We take bullying and harassment very seriously at FSDB, and we adhere to all state of Florida laws and rules on this important subject. Recently we have learned that some of you may not be fully aware of our programs for students and staff, including policies and procedures, to prevent and follow up on bullying or harassment.

We want to partner with you, as parents and legal guardians of FSDB students. We want to share all that we are doing this year – and every year – to prevent bullying/harassment, including policies and procedures for reporting and follow up. We encourage you to talk about bullying and harassment with your children and the negative effects it can have on them and others with whom your children interact. Finally, we appreciate ideas or suggestions you have, so please feel free to contact us to share those.

FSDB BULLYING & HARASSMENT POLICY

Operational Policy and Procedure (OPP) 10.29 on Bullying and Harassment is detailed in the FSDB Parent-Student Handbook 2016-2017 that was distributed to parents during Registration Day. The FSDB website links for the digital edition of the Handbook (updated periodically) are as follows:

When we receive a report that bullying/harassment may have occurred, we adhere to OPP 10.29, which is consistent with the process mandated by the Florida Department of Education. Most importantly, we ensure that students’ rights are protected and we are committed to doing investigations in a thorough manner. Investigation procedures may take some time, but we complete investigations as quickly as possible to resolve each complaint brought to our attention. Also, we will protect the confidentiality of each student involved, and therefore we will not be able to share what kinds of consequences have occurred for other people’s children.

FSDB POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT PROGRAM 

At FSDB, we take bullying seriously. Our goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment free from bullying and harassment, and we do this campus-wide in collaboration with our school community.

PBS begins with the philosophy that positive behavior must be supported consistently in order for appropriate behavior to increase. The PBS approach establishes school wide behavioral expectations that are infused into all areas of the campus. These expectations are Cooperation, Respect, and Responsibility. The approach emphasizes modeling, teaching and reinforcing appropriate behaviors related to these expectations. Although PBS focuses on modeling, teaching, and recognizing positive behavior, it is also used to address problem behavior in a more meaningful way.

PBS expectations and strategies are used in all areas of FSDB – in classrooms, in the dormitories, on buses, during physical education and recreation activities, in cafeterias and in many other common areas on campus.

FSDB CAMPUS-WIDE PROGRAMS/TRAINING FOR STUDENTS 

In the sections related to students below, you will see “Tiers.” These represent programs or training at basic levels for all students (Tier 1), for smaller specific groups of students (Tier 2), and individualized for one student (Tier 3). Parent permission is requested for some Tier 2 and Tier 3 programs/training. No parent permission is requested for school-wide Tier 1 programs or training for all students. The three tiers are part of the FSDB Multi-Tiered System of Supports, which helps students with social and emotional knowledge and behavior, and relationships.

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) – Tier 1

  • PBS kick-off activities, mid-year events, community service project and end of year celebration where students learn about FSDB’s expectations of Be Cooperative, Be Respectful and Be Responsible
  • PBS diversity education sessions
  • PBS kindness and compassion training (bullying behavior prevention)
  • PBS dating violence prevention training (Grades 6-Continuing Education)
  • Friendship education sessions (Grades K-5)
  • PBS stress management (provided before testing) (Addresses self harm prevention as well)
  • PBS Technology Showcase (Projects created by students to Prevent or Stop Bullying Behaviors and/or the “Big Three”/CR2– Cooperation, Respect, Responsibility; Healthy Dating Relationships; Healthy Friendships/Relationships; Respect and Diversity and/or Stress Management)
  • PBS Unity Day (Annual event emphasizing being united against bullying behavior – united for kindness, acceptance, inclusion and respect)
  • PBS team building and related celebratory events

FSDB DEAF DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS/TRAINING FOR STUDENTS 

Everyone Matters – Tier 1 (Deaf Elementary, Middle, and High Schools)

  • Everyone Matters is a national program to celebrate individual differences and uniqueness.
  • Activities focus on self-awareness, compassion/respect, kindness/service, and empowerment. This program brought us new ways to support PBS expectations and especially emphasized the areas of Cooperation and Respect.
  • FSDB takes active part in observance of Everyone Matters Day across the nation every year during April.

Deaf Elementary School

  • Second Step – Grades 1-5 weekly – Tier 1
  • Child Safety Matters – Grades 1-5 – weekly – Tier 1
  • Safer Smarter Kids – Grade K – weekly – Tier 1
  • Social Skills groups, as needed – Tier 2
  • PBS – Tier 1
  • Leader in Me – Tier 1
  • Love & Logic – Tier 1
  • Individual counseling – Tier 2/Tier 3
  • Follow up counseling sessions for victim and offender – Tier 2/Tier 3

Deaf Middle School

  • Bullying prevention training – Tier 1
  • Diversity training – Tier 1
  • Dating violence prevention training – Tier 1
  • PBS – Tier 1
  • Leader in Me – Tier 1
  • Second Step weekly, all grades 1st semester – Tier 1
    • 6th grade – “First steps”
    • 7th grade – “Second steps”
    • 8th grade – “Stepping in”
  • One-to-one small group counseling –Tier 1/Tier 2
  • New unity group – Tier 2
  • Social skills groups – Tier 2/Tier 3
  • Individual counseling –Tier 2/Tier 3
  • Follow up counseling sessions for victim and offender – Tier 2/Tier 3

Deaf High School

  • Bullying prevention training – Tier 1
  • Diversity training – Tier 1
  • Dating violence prevention training – Tier 1
  • PBS – Tier 1
  • Leader in Me – Tier 1
  • One-to-one small group counseling –Tier 1/Tier 2

FSDB BLIND DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS/TRAINING FOR STUDENTS

Blind Elementary School

  • PBS – Tier 1
  • Diversity training – Tier 1
  • Encouraging kindness/compassion as part of bullying prevention training – Tier 1
  • Friendship training – Tier 1
  • Stress management training – Tier 1
  • RESPECT Counseling Social Skills groups, grades 1-5 weekly – Tier 1
    • Second Step, grades 1-5 – Tier 1
    • Strong Start/Strong Kids Curriculum – Tier 1
  • Leader in Me – Tier 1 (Lessons also from 7 Habits)
  • Love & Logic – Tier 1
  • Group Counseling – Tier 2/3
  • Individual counseling – Tier 2/3
  • Follow up counseling sessions for victim and offender – Tier 2/Tier 3

Blind Middle School

  • PBS – Tier 1
  • Diversity training – Tier 1
  • Bullying prevention training – Tier 1
  • Dating violence prevention training – Tier 1
  • Leader in Me – Tier 1–Lessons from Leader In Me/7 Habits
  • New Kids on the Block group- Tier 2
  • Counseling/discussion group focused on bully prevention themed book with all 6th graders- weekly during one semester – Tier 1
  • Social skills groups – Tier 2/Tier 3
  • Individual counseling –Tier 2/Tier 3
  • Follow up counseling sessions for victim and offender – Tier 2/Tier 3

Blind High School

  • PBS – Tier 1
  • Diversity training – Tier 1
  • Bullying prevention training – Tier 1
  • Dating violence prevention – Tier 1
  • Leader in Me – Tier 1
  • Social skills groups – Tier 2/Tier 3
  • Small group counseling –Tier 1/Tier 2
  • Individual counseling- Tier 2/Tier 3
  • Follow up counseling sessions for victim and offender – Tier 2/Tier 3

FSDB PROGRAMS/TRAINING FOR STAFF MEMBERS

All Staff Members

  • Bullying Prevention with Positive Behavior Support component – Adobe Connect
  • Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention – Adobe Connect
  • Dating Violence & Abuse Prevention – Adobe Connect
  • Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)

Administrators

  • The Critical Role of the Administrator in Positive Behavior Support training – yearly
  • Important School Policies at FSDB and the Investigation Process – yearly
  • Bullying Prevention Committee – monthly
  • Behavioral Data Analysis meetings (BORT) – monthly

Boarding Program – Social Workers & Counselors

  • Social skills groups – Tier 1
  • Project Adventure training – Tier 1
  • PBS – Tier 1
  • Teenage girl groups in apartments, twice monthly – Tier 1
  • Building healthy relationships and preventing teen dating violence/abuse, annually – Tier 1 

Boarding Program – All Staff

  • Diversity in-depth training
  • Positive Behavior Support training
  • Encouraging Kindness & Bullying Prevention training
  • Building Healthy Friendships training (Grades K-5
  • Building Healthy Relationships training (Grades 6-12 and Continuing Education)

Transportation – All Staff

  • Bullying prevention training
  • Positive Behavior Support training

STATE AND NATIONAL PBS & RELATED LINKS

BULLYING PREVENTION LINKS

I trust that the above provides you with valuable insights, information, and resources about bullying prevention programs and services at FSDB, including school policies and procedures for reporting, investigation, and follow up on all reported incidents involving bullying or harassment.

Please do not hesitate to contact your student’s school administrator if you have questions or seek additional information.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett
President

English link to FSDB letter (PDF format)
Spanish link to FSDB letter (PDF format)
ASL link to FSDB letter (Vimeo format with timecodes)

About FSDB
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible Pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.