A new state law called the “Dignity for All Students Act” protects all public elementary and secondary students. The law prohibits the harassment and discrimination of students.
Our parents and guardians should be aware that the District has a Positive Behavior and Character Education Program in place at every school. Schools have 'Bully Boxes" or “Safe Lockers” where students can anonymously report incidents of bullying or other negative behavior. A Step-Mentoring program is also in place at NFHS that pairs upperclassmen with underclassmen to help younger students navigate the adjustment to high school life. The Power of One, Key Club, Increase the Peace and other student organizations reinforce the message that tolerance and respect are required life skills.
If you know of a child being bullied, you are encouraged to contact the school that child attends. The sooner adults have information, the sooner they can address it.
The District takes seriously the responsibility we all have, as adults in children’s lives, to model appropriate behavior, to be a resource for a child in need, and to hold accountable those who harm others. We thank the greater community for supporting and joining in this work.