PBIS school district provides bullying prevention programs

By: | March 12, 2019
The Star Student winners for the Bridgehampton UFSD PBIS School Elementary Monthly Assembly.The Star Student winners for the Bridgehampton UFSD PBIS School Elementary Monthly Assembly.

Below are the bullying prevention programs that Bridgehampton UFSD has funded with a Paddlers for Humanity grant that supports mental health programs.

Bully Prevention Committee

Bridgehampton UFSD Superintendent Bob Houser launched the Bully Prevention Committee in 2019 to plan fundraising events and student-led programs, including a bullying prevention task force.

“This force will lead a court that, when students are accused of bullying, decides if these incidents are actually examples of bullying,” says Literacy Specialist Jessica Rodgers. “It’s putting the ownership on students, and allowing them to experience and reflect on what bullying really is.”

Team building

Last November, Rodgers and other teachers took 55 students in grades 6 through 8 to a ropes course for team building. “The ropes course workers showed us how to do it, and then we were on our own,” says Rodgers, who is also an instructional support team/Dignity Act coordinator. “This allowed students at all levels to experience success and to feel good about themselves together.”

MEGA Recess

Grade-schoolers earn tickets by participating in MEGA Recess group activities, which include dancing, board games and video games. Students who win 40 tickets can unlock the next MEGA Recess for the following month. “Each month, students work toward different goals,” says Rodgers. “For example, they can show behaviors that promote safety or how to be a good friend.”

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PBIS slogan

Alanah Johnson, an 11th grader at Bridgehampton Secondary School, wins the PBIS slogan contest.

Alanah Johnson, an 11th grader at Bridgehampton Secondary School of Bridgehampton UFSD, wins the PBIS slogan contest.

A committee member recently led a contest in which students came up with their own Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports slogan. “That was another way of just bringing students together. And that was really positive,” says Rodgers.

Rewards program

The district is building a rewards program in which students and teachers use mobile devices to award points to students who show respect and promote safety.

Rachel’s Challenge

The superintendent and board of education recently approved the upcoming September’s launch of Rachel’s Challenge (rachelschallenge.org), a program created by the parents of one of Colorado’s Columbine High School shooting victims. Specialists will come to the district to train teachers and to prepare future events such as presentations and training. “This focuses on creating a positive and more inclusive school climate with less harassment and bullying,” says Rodgers.

For more information about the district’s bullying policy, click here.