A strong and positive community is a cornerstone of Charlottesville school operations. Both students and staff are committed to preventing bullying behavior and taking action when bullying occurs. Support from home is a critical component in teaching respect and self-control. We also involve parents in addressing a child‘s bullying behavior and in determining a solution.
All schools in Virginia are required to offer character education. Schools have an array of professionally developed character education programs from which to choose. In the Charlottesville City Schools, character development is an integral part of the curriculum and is promoted through the guidance departments. Student recognition and parental involvement are key components in the school system‘s approach to character development. Community service and mentoring programs are also a part of the program.
A comprehensive Code of Student Conduct manual has also been developed and is updated annually. Programs are supplemented by trade books, library books and media programs. Community nonprofit organizations frequently provide live presentations and programs related to character development in the schools.
Schools use variations of the Character Counts program, which emphasizes the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. These traits are integrated with classroom instruction and school policies and procedures. Each school uses many tools in creating a safe and respectful school environment and we work with regional partners and experts to foster a safe and caring climate. From the Jackson-Via “Bully-Nots” to the Five Bees at Clark School, school staff and students work together to establish a common understanding and common language about positive behavior.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Several schools are using these principles developed by Dan Olweus, a Swedish psychologist who studies bully/target problems among school children and youth.