Ascension Public Schools has partnered with Absolute to raise awareness of bullying and provide ways of preventing it among middle school students.
All eight middle schools starting next week will hold sessions for students during the school day and for parents in the evening on their school’s designated presentation day.
“Our school district’s purpose is to provide daily quality experiences for students to give them opportunities to attain high levels of academic development and grow in emotional maturity. Part of enabling these students to successfully pursue a quality life and contribute to the quality of others’ lives in the community is to raise awareness of and bring a stop to bullying,” said Superintendent David Alexander.
Although targeted to middle schools, the following parent seminars are open to all parents across the district:
- 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20 – Prairieville Middle School
- 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Galvez Middle School
- 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22 – Lake Elementary School
- 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23 – St. Amant Middle School
- 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27 – Gonzales Middle School
- 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28 – Dutchtown Middle School
- 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 – Lowery Middle School
- 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30 – Central Middle School
Ascension’s Director of Middle Schools Edith Walker and Instructional Supervisor Melissa Langlois spearheaded the partnership with Absolute. The technology company worked with the district to design a customized educational platform for this initiative.
“We want to use this opportunity to educate parents on the effects of bullying. We also want to help everyone know how they can help prevent bullying and report incidents when they occur,” said Walker.
Student presentations will define what a bully is, the difference between conflict and bullying, the three roles in a bullying situation, the four types of bullying, cyber bullying vs bullying, the impact of bullying and how it can be limited.
“We really want students to understand the different roles that are involved in bullying – bully, victim, and bystander. We all have to hold ourselves accountable in each interaction to ensure everyone is safe,” said Langlois. “If you see something, say something.”
At each of the parent meetings, a presentation on “A Parent’s Guide to Bullying Prevention and Awareness” will be given by Absolute representatives Harold Reaves and Jen Farrell. Parents will also see what students learned during the day’s school sessions.
In particular, parents will learn the following:
- What to do when one’s child is being bullied,
- What to do when one’s child is perceived as a bully,
- Privacy settings on devices,
- Getting to know one’s child’s device,
- What can be done about bullying and cyberbullying, and
- Device addiction.
For more information about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org.
To learn more about Absolute, visit www.absolute.com/en/solutions/education.