Since the fall of 2015, the Palm Valley School faculty and staff have received the foundational level training in the No Bully program. No Bully is a program that provides "a step-by-step process and set of interventions to prevent and stop bullying" in schools. Bullying is different from natural conflict amongst students. Bullying is when conflict is sustained over a period of time with the intent of harming someone else, and when there is a power difference involved. That power different can be social, size, age, or position. However, sometime what gets labeled as "bullying" is simply a conflict between two students who are both equal and equally involved.
Faculty are trained to recognize and address issues that range from normal conflict between students and true instances of bullying. Additionally, many of our faculty members were trained as Solution Coaches. Faculty are trained in the process of the NoBully program:
- Level 1 - Build an inclusive school culture
- Level 2 - Interrupt Bullying or Conflict when you see it
- Level 3 - Refer to a Solution Coach
- Level 4 - Implement an empathy building action plan
Solution Teams address issues of bullying, but are designed to be non-punitive. Administration does hold students accountable when behaviors involved in these situations violate our behavior code. However, a student's discipline record is kept private and consequences are not shared beyond the student and their family. A Solution Team is an effective method that leverages empathy and allow students to help one another beyond any immediate disciplinary measures.
For more information about how this program works and for more resources on how to talk to your children about bullying or conflict issues, go to the No Bully website.