Shiocton School District Revisits Bullying Policy
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SHIOCTON, WI- An alleged bullying incident in Kaukauna may be spurring other districts to review their policies. In Shiocton tonight the school board meeting will focus in part on dealing with bullying. the hope is to discourage bullying and prevent future incidents.
Communication and documentation. Two of the keys to preventing bullying according to Shiocton school leader and tonight the district plans to review their policy in response to recent bullying incidents.
"Make sure we've got our T's crossed and our I's dotted."
That's what Superintendent Chris VanderHeyden wants to happen as they address their bullying policy at tonights meeting. The alleged bullying incident in Kaukauna involving Matt Bent and his son may have had an influence on that.
Shirley Balthazor says school districts "should follow up on with it even like 1, 2, 3 months later." And that's what the Schiocton school district wants to do. Whether it's revisiting their bullying policy or learning from other schools.
"We look at what our other school districts are doing. What situations have arisen that might cause us to approach it slightly differently," says VanderHeyden
Superintendent Chris VanderHeyden says they discuss bullying all the time at school board meetings and they make necessary changes to their policy when it's necessary.
"How do we tie in all the other services like our guidance counselors as well as our police liason officer."
The most recent upgrade to their policy was adding a documentation system to keep track of incidents.
"Good idea you got to keep up on it," says Balthazor.
Which is what the Shiocton school district plans to do going forward.
School administrators encourage parents to attend their school board meetings when they do discuss their bullying policy. VanderHeyden says that kind of input helps them in their decisions to adjust their policy.