OLWEUSThe Queen Anne’s County Board of Education is committed to helping schools prevent, intervene, and respond quickly in cases of the bullying and harassment of children:
Olweus, a research based highly effective anti-bullying program was implemented in 2010. The focus of Olweus is a school wide approach which focuses on the school culture and the importance of peer bystander intervention.
The HERO program honors students who stand up to bullying in their school. Students each month are recognized at the Board of Education meetings.
The QAC Anti-Bullying Committee-In partnership with the Local Management Board . This committee made up of school personnel, local agencies, law enforcement, parents and community members meet monthly to address the issues of bullying and work together with the goal of making our schools bully-free.P.B.I.S.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and school culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Each school has established school wide expectations for behavior based on the premise of respect and responsibility. PBIS is a proactive approach to which an environment is created where students and staff are recognized and encouraged . This sets the foundation for a safe an effective school. Our goal with PBIS is to bring our the best in all of us.BULLYING-HARASSMENT
Queen Anne’s County Public Schools defines bullying, harassment and intimidation as intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, or written conduct or an intentional electronic communication that is repeated over time, creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well being
1. Motivated by an actual or a perceived personal characteristic including race, national
origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry,
physical attributes, socioeconomic status, familial status, or physical or mental ability or
2. Threatening or seriously intimidating; and
3. Occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or,
4. Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school.
“Electronic communication” means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.”
Any student committing acts of bullying, harassment and intimidation, or engaging in reprisal and retaliation, or any person found to have made false accusations will receive an appropriate consequence and/or intervention. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences and interventions for the aforementioned behaviors can range from parent/student conference to expulsion from school.