H-W working on Anti-Bullying/ Harassment/Bias policies

CRESCO - Chris Rogne, 7-12 principal at Howard-Winneshiek, updated the board of education on the Anti-Bullying/ Anti-Harassment/Anti-Bias policy at the Oct. 19 meeting.
Also attending the meeting were some members of the committee, which consists of staff, students and parents.
A Parent Advisory Board was established in August, and this sub-committee was formed. Rogne explained the group met twice and went over H-W’s current policy and looked at similar schools’ policies.
“Committee members brainstormed about what they liked and didn’t like about the different parts,” he said. They also looked at 10 suggestions from the Violence Prevention Works website.
“Out of those ideas, we voted on the top three immediate items to start with,” he added.
They included:
1. Focus on the social environment of the school.
~ Create district policy in student-friendly language and share and communicate systemically.
~ Create a diversity/inclusion student committee.
2. Establish and enforce school rules and policies related to bullying.
~ Review Discipline Matrix (Parent Advisory, Students, Building Leadership Team).
~ Post and communicate rules and policy.
~ Create parallel procedures for discipline and education.
3. Focus on Cultural Equity and Awareness.
~ Investigate representation of diversity in programs, curriculum and other areas of the school setting.
~ Unconscious bias information and training.
Jennalee Pedretti is one of the members of the committee. She said, “Bullying and harassment are a concern nationwide, and Howard-Winn is working diligently to review current policies and processes in order to ensure they are up-to-date and applicable. 
“The committee of volunteer staff, student representatives and parents met to discuss the current policies pros and cons, as well as review other policies and resources that we could incorporate to create a solid format for appropriate discipline but also education and training to students. 
“The committee determined the future plans will be on focusing on the social environment of the school by creating a diversity and inclusion student committee and creating a policy in student-friendly language, establishing and enforcing school rules and policies by creating parallel procedures for discipline and education and focus on cultural equity and awareness through programs and training.”
In addition, the committee is looking over the discipline matrix. The students now need to look that over, so it is easy-to-understand for them.
Staff have put together mini lessons to be presented during home base, which each student attends on a daily basis.
“This is a work in progress and probably always will be,” Rogne said.

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