Anti-Bullying Resources

We are committed to ensuring our students enjoy safe and supportive learning environments throughout Galesburg Community Unit School District #205. Bullying will not be allowed during any school sponsored activity or event.


 

Bullying Report Form  
Click to open the Bullying Report Form 
We encourage students, staff, and parents to contact building principals, outreach workers or counselors directly when cases of bullying are known. You will find their contact information below. Alternately, scroll to the bottom of the page to report an incident of bullying if needed. Your report will be forwarded to the building principal you indicate.   

 


What is Bullying?

According to StopBullying.gov

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.


How is Bullying handled?  

Our policy on bullying is written into the Code of Conduct, on pages 11-15. This policy is approved by the Board of Education, and staff are mandated to review our anti-bullying policy regularly. The teaching of Internet Safety, including how to identify, report, and resist cyberbullying, is required to be taught to students at least annually. Students who feel subject to any of these behaviors are encouraged to report it to a teacher, administrator, or other trusted adult immediately. 

Reports of bullying will be investigated and handled according to our district-wide Code of Conduct

How can we help students handle Bullying? 

From our Internet Safety Parent Resources page

Dealing With Bullies
If your student feels bullied, help us reinforce these three steps to deal with bullying or cyberbullying:

STOP
Do not respond to the bully. Bullies enjoy controlling the behavior of others. The first step to beating a bully is showing them they can't control you or your responses. Ignore the bully whenever possible.

BLOCK
Avoid situations where you might be subjected to bully's controlling behavior when possible or appropriate. You are in control of your digital world. Use email, social media, & cell phone tools to block the bully's attempts. "Un-friend" and "un-follow" the bully so their social media messages are removed from view. The less you are exposed to the bully's messages, the more power you have over the bully. Your internet service providers and your cellular service providers can also help you block bullies if needed.

TELL
Contact your parents, teachers, school principal, or another trusted adult and tell them what is happening. Teachers and principals are trained to help in these situations, but remember that there are legal limitations to what they can do and tell you about. You can report the bully to your internet service provider or your cellular service provider so they can take action. Report abuses to social media networks so the bully's account can be examined for possible suspension. Sometimes it is appropriate to contact local law enforcement for help as well. You don't have to be silent - report the bullying behavior so something can be done to help you.

Staff are to respond to bullying in accordance with the district-wide Code of Conduct



  
Resources & activities to help resist Bullying
  Elementary School Resources 
  • Most schools teach a KYHFOOTY policy: Keep Your Hands, Feet, & Other Objects To Yourself" from the first day of Kindergarten, which is reinforced frequently. 
  • All schools frequently provide positive reinforcement of desired & appropriate behaviors.  
  • Classroom teachers clearly post, teach, and reinforce classroom expectations, incentives, and consequences
  • Schools use structures like Morning Meetings, House time, school-wide values, etc., promote community building and trusting, supportive relationships (structures may vary by school)
  • Schools participate in Anti-Bullying Poster contests, Kindness and Caring assemblies and challenges, and other school wide activities to demonstrate their understanding of classroom lessons on Bulllying Resistance & Response. 
  • Restorative practices are used to help both the victim and the bully repair and promote positive trusting relationships among students. 
 School  Anti-Bullying Contact  Position  Email Username  School Phone 
Bright Futures  Ellen Spittell Principal  espittell  309-973-2031 
Gale Elementary Jennifer Graves   Principal  jgraves  309-973-2011 
King Elementary  Joan Hoschek Principal jhoschek 309-973-2012 
Nielson Elementary  Marilou Mol   Principal (Interim)   mmol  309-973-2014 
Silas Willard Elementary  Tiffany Springer  Principal  tspringer  309-973-2015 
Steele Elementary  Matt Lingafelter  Principal  mlingafelter  309-973-2016 

To email the staff members above, type their Email Username followed by @galesburg205.org 

Middle Grades Resources 

  • All Grade 6 students take part in specific Anti-Bullying instruction through Health class. See sample unit newsletter
  • Lombard Middle School's Take a Stand Club supports students who are struggling with a variety of middle-grades concerns, including bullying. The group meets weekly to help students know they have a safe place to talk about their feelings and learn how to deal with the issues that teenagers face. The Take a Stand Club was featured on local media, and its founder earned the City of Galesburg's Youth Extra Effort Award in 2015. 
  • All middle grades schools have Advisory classes, which are small groups of students that meet with a teacher 20 minutes a day for various activities. Students and teachers work together during these times to develop service projects, build community, and sometimes just knock out some homework. Many anti-bullying activities occur during Advisory times, including social-emotional learning (S.E.L.) & team-building activities, bullying-resistance videos, etc. Advisory time helps our middle grades students develop and maintain positive relationships and supportive school culture throughout the year. 
  • Students in both middle grades schools participate in school-wide anti-bullying activities, including Unity Day (Wear Orange Day), Spread the Word to End the Word campaign to end hurtful language, Stop Out Bullying Challenge, and more. 
  • As a result, our office referrals have dropped over 300% since 2002
 School  Anti-Bullying Contact  Position  Email Username  School Phone 
Churchill Junior High Tom Hawkins Principal  thawkins   309-973-2002 
Lombard Middle Nick Sutton    Principal  nsutton  309-973-2004 
Middle Grades Counselor  Josh Bazon  Counselor  jbazon   

To email the staff members above, type their Email Username followed by @galesburg205.org 

High School Resources

  • Deans and administrators meet with students during Anti-Bullying units taught in high school Health/PE classes. 
  • High school students are instructed in appropriate methods to report and react to incidents of bullying. 
  • Administrators review the district’s anti-bullying policy regularly with teachers as required by law.
  • In all health classes, both the Army and Hult Center for Healthy Living present on bullying and suicide prevention.
  • Bullying is also covered when information about our code of conduct is reviewed in PE classes by the deans at the start of each school year and in all class meetings at the beginning of the year.
  • The deans also present on/discuss bullying through advocacy small groups.
  • GHS students participate in assemblies led by outside organizations, too. Most recently, all students participated with MWAH (Messages Which are Hopeful), and previously the engaged with Rachel's Challenge. More speakers for school-wise presentations are considered annually, as funding allows.
  • The typical first line of defense in a bullying situation is a trusted adult. Our teachers typically take the bullying reports straight to administration or to the counseling department, depending. The counseling department works hard to meet with students as quickly as possible to discuss the incident, and offer both empathy and a listening ear. Interventions will vary based on the situation, and may include conflict resolution, anger management, decision making, problem solving, self-confidence and self-awareness , etc. Information is passed along to administration for disciplinary consequences as appropriate. Counseling and administration work together to keep parents and teacher(s) appropriately informed.
  • A confidential bullying report form is available on the GHS Counselors' website, to help communicate a bullying situation to counseling staff.
  • Individual & small group support meetings are held with outside organizations such as Streaks Dads and YMCA Solutions. They sit down with students and talk about choices and help facilitate issues between students.

 School  Anti-Bullying Contact  Position  Email Username  School Phone 
Galesburg High School Jeff Houston Principal  jhouston   309-973-2001 
  Mindi Ritchie  Assistant Principal  mritchie  309-973-2001 
  Dan Powell   Assistant Principal  dpowell  309-973-2001 
GHS North Jason Spring    Principal  jspring  309-973-2003 
Counseling Staff  Cathy Shenaut  Counselor (A-Dav)  cshenaut  309-973-2262 
  Laura Plummer  Counselor (Daw-I)  lplummer  309-973-2260 
  Sarah Larimer  Counselor (J-Mt)  slarimer  309-973-2263 
  Ben Bredemeier  Counselor (Mu-Shr)  bbredememer  309-973-2259 
  Michelle Mustain   Counselor (Shs-Z)  mmustain  309-973-2258 

To email the staff members above, type their Email Username followed by @galesburg205.org 


Reporting Bullying

Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the District Complaint Manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it.  

  • The School Complaint Manager is the School Principal at each school. Please see their contact information above.

  • The District Complaint Manager is Jon Bradburn 309/973-2000.

  • The Nondiscrimination Coordinator is the Director for Human Resources, Jon Bradburn 309/973-2000. 

If you have  used the resources above and need further assistance, please complete this form  to report the incident. Your response will be sent to the Principal of the building you indicate. 

 


 

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