"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

Dear Parents: 

Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in cooperation with Massachusetts General Laws, requires all schools to provide written notice to students and the parents/guardians of students regarding our bully prevention plan. As always, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence we take allegations of bullying or aggressive behavior very seriously. We will continue to move quickly to address any negative behavior, ensuring that our Beloved Community remains a welcome and safe environment for all. Please review the attached plan with your child, and feel free to contact us at the school with any questions or concerns. 

 

Bullying:  

When a person, or group of people, purposefully harms someone’s body, feelings, or belongings. Bullying is a repeated and intentional act that can occur either in person or through technology and/or electronic communication. Bullying can be either student to student or staff to student. 

             

Bullying Prevention Plan:  

All students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence will learn the necessary skills for bullying prevention: 

·         Bullying prevention lessons from the Safe & Caring Schools program are taught to children in grades K-3, in addition to socio-emotional lessons for children in grades K-4.  

·         Students in grades 4-5 receive small-group instruction for eight weeks on conflict resolution, peer relations, and bullying prevention through the social work department. 

·         The Second Step program is taught in grades 5. 

  

These programs intensively reinforce the principles of our Dr. King Values and our School Culture Initiative regarding how we treat each other on a daily basis.   

  

Bullying Intervention Plan: 

If a student or a parent/guardian of a student feels the student is being bullied, by any individual including any member of the school staff, the child and parent/guardian will first inform their classroom staff, unless the classroom staff is the suspected aggressor, in which case the child or parent/guardian should contact an administrator or member of the student support team. Then, if the student and parent/guardian are not satisfied with a resolution, they should bring their concern to the MLK Charter School administration, including the Executive Director.  All complaints of bullying will be investigated.  Confirmed incidents of bullying will be reported to parents and guardians of all children involved in the incidents and law enforcement as necessary. The nature of the incidents will determine the course of action.  We try our best to prevent bullying and successfully address complaints of bullying.  

  

Suspected bullying can be reported by: speaking with any MLKCSE staff member, obtaining from the receptionist and completing a bullying report form or by calling the school’s main number 413-214-7806 and leaving a voice mail in the bullying voice mailbox or by emailing bullyingreport@mlkcs.org. 

 

Thank you,

Melissa P. Earls, Principal