Olweus Bullying Prevention Program


Narration of Diocese of Rochester Bullying Prevention Presentation, by Mr. Anthony S. Cook, Superintendent. Originally posted February 20, 2013.

In July 2013, the Department of Catholic Schools re-committed to making our schools safe, nurturing, and inclusive environments for all who walk through our doors.

Catholic schools serve as an extension of the Church's educational ministry, which continues the teaching mission of Jesus Christ. Therefore it is our priority that bullying not be part of our schools in any way, shape or form. Should a child become a victim of bullying, they may experience negative effects such as: low self-esteem, poor grades, health problems, depression, and/or suicidal thoughts. Children who witness bullying also suffer in their faith, studies, and action, by feeling: fearful, powerless to act, guilt for not acting, and temptation to participate in the bullying.

The 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.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program effectively trains our school leaders and school teachers on the latest research regarding bullying and effective methods to prevent it and address it. Our Catholic schools have pledged to eliminate bullying as best as possible by not only posting and enforcing school wide rules against bullying, but by applying our key instrument: involving parents.

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

Diocese of Rochester Student Bullying and Harassment Policy

Diocese of Rochester Bullying Prevention Letter, September 4, 2013

For more information regarding the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, please click here.

For the YNN news article about the Bullying Prevention Program in our schools from September 19th, 2013, please click here.