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Anti Bullying 2010

Anti Bullying 2010

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Published by: dandressler on Nov 28, 2010
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1 November 10, 2010To all Reviewers:Attached is the initial draft of Watertown’s Anti-bullying Plan. Thank you in advance for reading it and getting back to us with your comments, corrections, additions, critiques.We need your input to make sure the document addresses all the issues!You will notice some symbols and differing type face which are explained below.***indicates information is missing. In most cases, this has been requested of theappropriate group. However, if you have the information, please insert it.
 Bold Italic font 
 indicates that the text came directly from the model plan. This text can bemodified to more accurately fit Watertown’s Plan. However, it seemed importantto note which language had already been provided by DESE for school districts.In the final draft, this will be removed and the entire document will have the samefont.Appendix A through HThe actual materials which will appear in the Appendices have not beendistributed with this draft. However, a list of the proposed Appendices appears atthe end of the document. With the final draft, each Appendix will be filled with its proper materials to assist DESE and the public in understanding fully certaintopics, groups, individuals mentioned in the Plan
Please send feedback by November 16
for Section V (Reporting procedures) to JasonDelPorto at jdelporto@watertown.k12.ma.us For all other sections, please send feedback by November 16
to Barbara Gortych at bgortych@watertown.k12.ma.us.Thanks in advance for your help in reviewing Watertown’s Plan.Happy Reading!Barbara Gortych, Coordinator of Assessment & GuidanceJason DelPorto, Assist. Principal, Watertown Middle School
Watertown Public SchoolsBullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
December 2010
Introduction to the Plan
In compliance with MGL.c.71§370, the Watertown Public Schools has created thisBullying Prevention and Intervention Plan.This plan is rooted in the belief that bullying prevention involves a multi-layeredapproach to 1) create a welcoming community, 2) raise awareness of aspects of community and school culture which support bullying behaviors, 3) provide educationalopportunities for the community, for parents, for all school staff, and for students, 4) provide clear policies and guidelines for behavior to all the above groups, and 5) devise protocols and action plans to deal with both the disciplinary and the therapeutic responseof the school to bullying behaviors. We believe that involvement of not only communitymembers, but community groups, as well as school personnel, students and parents, in acohesive and all inclusive effort to raise awareness to the issues contributing to bullyingwill be the most effective way to create an environment where these issues eventually become a less destructive force in our town.
Introduction to the Watertown
Watertown is a community of about 34,000 residents, living in 4.5 square miles. It isnoted for its role in American Revolution, its rich cultural heritage, diversity of language,and strong community spirit. Originally agricultural, then a manufacturing center,Watertown is now a middle class community with diversified services in manufacturing,retail trade, health, education and other professional areas. It is located just 4 milesnorthwest of Boston. The community represents a rich diversity in its ethnic heritage with29 % of students speaking English as a second language.

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