What is PSD Doing?
- Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is implemented at all the schools in the Palmdale School District. PBIS includes many different components that assist in preventing bullying and ensuring that the school environment is safe, respectful and caring. Those components include teaching social skills to students, creating positive school and classroom cultures, continuous active supervision of student behavior and academic progress, positively rewarding students for demonstrating social successes, and adult modeling of the social skills we expect our students to exhibit.
- A Social Contract, which is a component of Capturing Kids' Hearts, is designed to let everyone in a classroom know what behavior is acceptable and what is not. It is an agreement of behavior that helps promote a self-managing classroom environment. The Social Contract also challenges students to take responsibility for their actions.
- School Counselors provide classroom lessons to teach students to recognize bullying behavior and how to address bullying if they are a victim or a bystander. This is accomplished through classroom discussions, using books with stories that are about bullying, role-playing, and activities.
- Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum is used from TK-8th grade in all the schools within the Palmdale School District. Second Step teaches empathy, how to communicate clearly, how to maintain relationships, and make responsible decisions. It also provides a Bullying Prevention component that explicitly teaches students how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying, in addition to the power of a bystander.
- Bullying Prevention month is recognized in the month of October throughout Palmdale School District. Schools conduct a variety of activities throughout the month to increase bullying prevention awareness. Some activities include individual and school-wide pledges, anti-bullying poster contests, spirit week focused around bullying prevention, quotes read in daily announcements, and anti-bully-themed books read in class.