Bullying Prevention

The Diocese of Rochester Department of Catholic Schools is dedicated to making our schools safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environments. Bullying, in any form, is unacceptable to our beliefs and does not reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ.

All Diocese of Rochester Catholic Schools implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which is based on over 35 years of research, dedicated to effecting positive change in schools by utilizing four essential social environments: community, school, classroom, and individual.

Through this program our teachers and school leaders are effectively trained on methods to identify early stages of bully, address it and communicate with all involved parties on next steps.

Our Catholic schools, as well as the Diocese of Rochester, recognize that parents are the first and primary educators of their children: it is essential that parents, faculty, and school staff keep a current and open channel of communication. We therefore propose to support the parents of our students by:

  • Effectively supervising students’ activities
  • Ensuring that all staff immediately intervenes when bullying occurs
  • Holding meetings with students involved in bullying
  • Holding meetings with parents of involved students
  • Developing individual intervention plans for involved students

For more information please review our official policy: Diocese of Rochester Student Bullying and Harassment Policy