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Climate & Culture

DeKalb Central School want to make sure that students feel safe and welcome at school. OLWEUS has been proven to prevent or reduce bully like behavior when staff and parents work as a team.

OLWEUS is a research-based framework that we use to prevent bully-like behavior in our school.  It is designed for all students, and it is both preventive AND responsive in nature. OLWEUS requires on-going and systematic efforts by all adults and students in our building to establish a strong culture and climate of respect and responsibility in our school.  We empower students to stop mean and hurtful behavior by teaching them strategies they can use to Stand Up and Step Up instead of standing by without taking action.

OLWEUS is NOT a curriculum, a conflict resolution or peer mediation approach, an anger management program, or a suicide prevention program.

OLWEUS IS a framework that invites all staff and all students to actively invest in making our school climate a place that is safe for all to learn.

OLWEUS Bullying Definition

“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.”

The portion in bold is what we embed into daily instruction with students.  When a mean or hurtful incident is observed or reported, a staff member will talk with both the alleged offender and the victim.  The offender will serve a lunchtime detention the following day if the incident was witnessed by a staff member or if the offender admits to acting in a mean and hurtful manner.  Phone calls will be made to both students’ homes by that same staff member, and they will also follow up with both the offender and the victim a few days later to ensure that the mean and hurtful behavior has not continued. Each incident is also tracked to allow our guidance counselor to invite students to participate in friendship groups based on patterns of students involved in offender or victim roles.  

Our School Rules about Bullying

  • We will not bully others.
  • We will try to help students who are bullied.
  • We will try to include students who are left out.
  • If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

How can you get involved?

  • Ask your child to share what they’re learning about bullying or mean and hurtful behavior with you.
  • Encourage your child to be a TRUE FRIEND...there will be many activities and discussions focused around friendship throughout the school year.  
  • Remind your child that if they (or a friend) are being treated in a mean and hurtful manner, they need to tell an adult at school and an adult at home RIGHT AWAY.  If your child is reporting incidents to you, but not to someone at school, we need to know about it!

PBIS Framework
(Positive Behavior Intervention Supports)

Celebrating Positive Behavior:

PBIS is a framework that focuses on the positive aspects of behavior by supporting students in making choices that are consistent with school-wide expectations. Staff members encourage students to continue making positive choices in their everyday lives.

DMS School-wide Expectations:

  • Do the Right Thing
  • Treat People Right

Baron Buck

Part of PBIS is celebrating positive behavior choices throughout the school year.  Students receive Baron Bucks in recognition of following our school-wide expectations: Do The Right Thing and Treat People Right.  

Daily our students can purchase various items at breakfast and lunch with their baron bucks.  Weekly our students can participate in Baron Buck activities. There are two weekly activities available for students. The activities change from week to week and only cost one Baron Buck to participate.

For the past few years, we have been able host a school-wide activity or auction once a year. Students are able to “purchase” tickets with their Baron Bucks and try to win various prices.  All students and staff come together as a school, regardless if they have a Baron Buck, for the school-wide celebration!