Positive School Environment

The Archdiocesan Bullying Prevention, Intervention & Response Policy

Bullying, harassment, or intimidation of any student on school property or at school-sponsored functions or by the use of electronic technology is prohibited in all Archdiocese of Baltimore schools. Such behaviors are contrary to school life in a Christ-centered community, which respects the dignity and uniqueness of all of God's children. To foster a school environment where all students are educated in a safe and caring atmosphere, all Archdiocesan schools will follow established procedures for prevention and intervention.

Bullying, harassment, intimidation, or retaliation against anyone who has reported these behaviors is prohibited. Students engaging in these behaviors on school property, at school-related activities, off school property, or after school hours when the behavior threatens or is likely to substantially disrupt or adversely affect the school-related environment for students or significantly impacts the interest of students or the school community are subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.

Students, parents, employees, and service providers are responsible for reporting incidents of bullying, harassment, intimidation, or retaliation. School principals will ensure that all illegal behaviors are reported to the appropriate local authorities and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools immediately.

At The Sacred Heart School of Glyndon, we implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) in an effort to maintain a positive school climate.  OBPP is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today.  OBPP is a whole-school program that is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels with parent involvement and support.  The goals of the program are 1) to reduce existing bullying problems among students 2) to prevent the development of new bullying problems and 3) to achieve better peer relations at school.  Our OBPP program begins with a kick-off assembly in September that is led by our 8th-grade students.  The purpose of the assembly is to introduce our school’s anti-bullying rules and explain how bullying will be addressed throughout the school year.  Our teachers introduce the schoolwide anti-bullying rules into their class rules, so students hear a consistent message.  Our guidance counselor reinforces these rules during classroom presentations.  The purpose of these classroom presentations is to build a sense of class cohesion and community, to problem-solve and to address issues about bullying.  Parents are informed about the themes of classroom presentations and are encouraged to discuss these guidance lessons with their children and adolescents.