Prior to arranging a School Immersion, a school must:
- Agree with the language
- Review, adapt and adopt policy
- Purchase a website membership
- Begin preliminary planning for the bully prevention team
- Have an investigation/consequence team in place and prepared for further training.
A school immersion means a facilitator attends the school for 4 to 5 days as agreed upon between the facilitator and the school. During this time the facilitator will complete the following:
- Opening Assembly – To present/discuss as a full school, what the week will bring.
- Classroom Presentations – Facilitator attends each classroom, or class group to discuss the new system, the language, some of the lesson ideas, the reporting application and what the system means for bullying in the school.
- Staff Training – Staff, including bus drivers, coaches and support staff will be trained in the use of the website, the intention of the reporting app and policy, and the intention/goals of the system.
- Bully Prevention Team – Facilitator will work with the school’s bullying prevention team to begin brainstorming and moving towards actions on their ideas.
- SRC meeting – as leaders at the school, SRC or student council groups are important to the integration of these ideas within the school. Discussion with student leaders will take place about evaluating one’s own actions as leaders and contributing to the leadership of others.
- Hallway Familiarity – When not presenting, the facilitator will engage students as much as possible in the hallways. It is found that once staff and students become comfortable with the facilitators presence, disclosures increase, and a better plan can be put in place.
- Application Training – students, staff and parents will receive training and information about the reporting application and the intention for its use.
- Parent Training – Parents are an essential part of the School Immersion process. It is important for the school to promote a session for parents well, as well as encourage them to attend. We know that parent involvement is difficult. Schools need to send the message that attendance at a facilitation session will assist them in their home, as well as creating consistency between home and school.
- Teaching to Curriculum Match – The facilitator has a session with the staff who are involved in area of learning that naturally integrate the materials. This may include: Social Studies, health, phys ed. A cross match of the No Such Thing as a Bully Curriculum and general school curricula is currently in process.
- Investigation Team – The facilitator will meet with the five people charged with receiving and investigating reports to discuss use of the definition and evaluation of reported incidents.
A facilitation to introduce the No Such Thing As A Bully system into a school is optional. It is our goal to provide tools that easily allow a school to implement and support the use of the system within their schools. For more information on bringing the NSTAAB program to your school see Self Implementation in Schools.