HANDBOOKS, SCHOOL CALENDAR & FORMS
In order to promote a safe learning environment for all students, the Advance R-IV prohibits all forms of bullying. The district also prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying among or against students.
To view the policy in its entirety, CLICK HERE
What Is Bullying
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
For more info on bullying, visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/.
The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational change process. A “trauma-informed approach” is not a program model that can be implemented and then simply monitored by a fidelity checklist. Rather, it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes and skills that continues to deepen and unfold over time. Some leaders in the field are beginning to talk about a “continuum” of implementation, where organizations move through stages. The continuum begins with becoming trauma aware and moves to trauma sensitive to responsive to being fully trauma informed.
Every Student Succeeds Act
There has recently been a change in federal education laws in states that receive federal funding to support low-income students and English language learners. What was previously called No Child Left Behind has a new focus and called for each state to create a plan called Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This law affects K-12th grade schools and went into effect on December 10, 2015. The law shapes many of our district goals. Part of the inclusions in this act are related to family engagement and the impact on children's long-term learning.
The Advance R-IV School district as developed a plan in compliance with ESSA. Click on the link below for that plan.