Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for October 15-21, 2017. "Together we can Get Involved and Get it Solved STOP the Bullying! " said a statement from Edmonson County Schools.
The Edmonson County School District and Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week.
"Those who use bullying behavior in school, thrive on intimidation, humiliation and secrecy. They count on the silence of bystanders and students who are victimized. During Kentucky Safe Schools Week, every student, every educator and all staff and community members alike are asked to “Roll up your sleeves and lace up your shoes,” and “Get Involved” in activities to reduce the bullying in our schools and community," said the statement.
According to Edmonson County Schools, there are many ways that students, staff and community members can get involved from educating others about the seriousness of bullying to self-examination of one’s own actions when bullying occurs. Learning to solve these issues can be as easy as leaving an online tip. Students can be a “Silent Hero” and help without getting involved if they fear retaliation. The Kentucky Center for School Safety offers to partner with schools and provide a “free” online reporting tool, the S.T.O.P! TIPLINE. The tip line encourages students, parents or community members, who know of an unsafe situation in school, to pass on that information anonymously to school personnel by using a digital format. Check it out at http://www.kycss.org/stop/stop.php?district=Edmonson.County.School.District.
The school also said that getting involved may be volunteering to put up posters in the school halls and on community bulletin boards. It may be noticing a lonely student and asking him/her to eat lunch with you. By taking the online “Get Involved… Pledge Against Bullying” you encourage others and reflect on your personal commitment to stop bullying.
For Safe Schools Week the KCSS website supplies a variety of teaching aids along with the online pledge and Kentucky Safe Schools Week Tool Kit loaded with resources such as daily announcements, activity pages, PowerPoint presentations, lessons, videos, scenarios, interactive websites and much more. Resources will also be available for school administrators, parents and community involvement at www.kysafeschools.org/ssw.php