Independent School District 622 Office of Educational Equity(North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale)
PBIS, Olweus, and Welcoming Schools
All schools and programs in District 622 prioritize the value of ensuring safe environments so that all students may reach their highest potential.
District 622, in alignment with the Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Act, expressly prohibits bullying (Policy EM-020.16)
Proactive educational steps are being taken in District 622 to ensure the safety of all students and to ensure that all students feel welcomed and included. Prevention is key to achieving success in anti-bullying efforts.
Three programs designed to foster inclusion and safe environments are being implemented throughout District 622: Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Olweus and Welcoming Schools.
POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORTS (PBIS)
PBIS is a systemic approach designed to teach behavioral expectations throughout our schools, reinforce positive behaviors, and intervene in effective ways when students don’t meet school-wide expectations. You can learn more about PBIS at www.pbis.org.
Olweus (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) is designed to reduce and prevent bullying problems among students and to improve peer relations at school. It focuses on educating students about their role in reducing bullying and provides specific steps to staff for intervening when bullying does occur. You can learn more about Olweus at www.clemson.edu/olweus.
The 2013 Minnesota Student Survey: Voices of Minnesota Youth showed that in District 622, of students surveyed, two of the top four reasons students cited for being bullied or harassed were because of their perceived sexual orientation or for their gender. In 2011, District 622 piloted a program called Welcoming Schools in two elementary schools. Welcoming Schools is a project designed to offer resources to teachers that help students learn about family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender, and ending bullying and name-calling.
Due to the success at our pilot schools and the continued need for this information as demonstrated by the 2013 survey, all District 622 elementary schools will be implementing Welcoming Schools. You can learn more about Welcoming Schools at www.welcomingschools.org.