New Albany School District Implements District Wide Bully Free Program & Bully Message Lines
The New Albany School District is dedicated to assuring that all students have a safe, happy school experience and continues to take positive steps to create safe, bully-free schools. Since this past spring, administrators, counselors, and teachers have received extensive training to help create a "bully free" school environment.
The school system has adopted the Bully Free Program, available from Bully Free Systems (www.bullyfree.com). These lesson plans will be used on a regular basis in each school across the district to help students understand the different types of bullying and how to prevent it. In addition, the schools will schedule programs and guest speakers to emphasize the importance of "bully free" schools.
Recently, the NASD has implemented the Bullying Message Line at New Albany Elementary School, New Albany Middle School, and New Albany High School.
The Bullying Message lines can be used by parents or students to report bullying incidents that occur at school. The phone lines are equipped to take messages, which will be checked daily. All messages will be kept in strict confidentiality. When reporting an incident, please include the following information: name of person being bullied, when the bullying is happening, and where the bullying is happening.
The numbers for the Bullying Message Lines are as follows:
New Albany Elementary School
New Albany Middle School
New Albany High School
"We want all of our students to feel safe when they are in our schools and have a positive learning environment," said John Ferrell, New Albany High School Assistant Principal. Ferrell is the Bullying Prevention Coordinator for the school district. "Our school district takes bullying seriously and every report will be investigated,