Message from the Principal
Dear Brookings Harbor High School Students, Parents, Families and Community Members,
At Brookings Harbor High School, our students are the most important people in the building. This means their physical safety and emotional well-being are the number one priority for school personnel. Last year we launched and implemented Bruin Pride, a school-wide behavior system that establishes a social culture and behavioral supports that result in an effective learning environment for all students. What this means is that students at Brookings Harbor High School are being educated, every day, in how to treat their peers, themselves and the adults in the building with compassion and respect.
With that said, there continues to be a concern regarding bullying in Brookings Harbor School District. This results in much conversation in administrative meetings, the board room, and the larger community. Because of this continued concern, I am going to devote my September principal’s message to this issue. In doing so, it is my hope that district patrons will gain an accurate and reassuring view of the good work that is happening at Brookings Harbor High School to ensure our school is a safe and healthy environment for all our students.
Using best practices to responsibly discuss the issue of bullying is important. Recent studies published on stopbullying.org reveal important information for everyone interested in this issue. As we move forward this school year, I will follow best practices in sharing information with you. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, created [a] Bullying Task Force, which recommends the following:
• Do not exclude prevention information and resources: When people present information on bullying without providing information about effective prevention strategies for youth and parents, this implies that bullying has no solution. Importantly, this does not help move toward one.
• Do not overstate the problem: Creating the impression that bullying is a bigger problem than it is spreads misinformation.
• Do not oversimplify: When people simplify complex bullying issues it is usually misleading, whether intentional or not.
• Never state or imply that bullying caused a suicide: The relationship between bullying and suicide is complex. Too often reports take short cuts that present bullying as the “cause” or “reason” for a suicide. The facts tell a different story. I will provide more information on this in later board reports.
Remember, too, that students’ learn from adults’ actions. By treating others with kindness and respect at all times in all situations, adults show the students in their lives that there is no place for bullying. Even when it seems like students are not paying attention, they are watching how we manage stress and conflict, as well as how we treat others.
I will look forward to sharing with you in future Principal’s messages what we are doing that makes Brookings Harbor High School a safe and positive place for all of our students to learn. Great things are happening and the news is good to share.
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