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Louisa schools rally against bullying

Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

As part of the festivities of the anti-bullying pep rally, skydivers landed on the football field in The Jungle and reinforced the message that bullying is not good.

Bullying does happen on occasion in Louisa County Public Schools, and it’s something that Superintendent Doug Straley said is not acceptable.

A year ago, the idea was formed to host an event that would teach everyone in the district a message of unity and respect for others. Last Thursday, every student in the district gathered at The Jungle in one outdoor classroom to learn how to treat each other at the schools’ first District-Wide Anti-Bullying Pep Rally.

“As we look and strive to push all of our students to reach their maximum potential, it’s vital to have an atmosphere in which our students feel safe and invited and in an environment that is conducive to learning,” Straley said.

The school division uses the Olweus Bullying Prevention program to teach students in all grade levels about what bullying is, how to prevent and report it, as well as how to treat others respectfully.  The curriculum is taught year-round in each grade level on a regular basis.

“We wanted to draw attention to the fact that we are a team; we’re a unit. TeamLCPS is encompassed as one, and successful teams look out for each other,” Straley said. “What better way … than to bring everyone together with that message in a fun atmosphere?”

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 2 edition of The Central Virginian.