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Though October has come to an end, our bullying prevention efforts never do!


Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Hotlines

Alternative House-1-800-SAY-TEEN (729-8336)

Action in Community Through Service: 703-368-4141

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press 2 for Spanish

Treatment Advocacy Center: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-National Helpline: 1-800-622-HELP (4357) or 1-800-799-4889

Current Prevention Programs In Our Schools
Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a secondary school-based suicide prevention program that includes screening and education. Students are screened for depression and suicide risk and referred for professional help as indicated. Students also view a video that teaches them to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others. They are taught that the appropriate response to these signs is to use the ACT technique: acknowledge that there is a problem, let the person know you care, and tell a trusted adult. Students also participate in guided classroom discussions about suicide and depression. The program attempts to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behavior among youth.

The Kognito training is made available through a regional suicide prevention grant to the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Kognitio At-Risk for Middle School and At-Risk for High School are research-proven training simulations designed to prepare concerned adults to:
(1) recognize when a young person is exhibiting signs of psychological distress, and
(2) manage a conversation with the young person with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate support.

Step In, Speak Up! for supporting LGBTQ youth is a 30-minute online training to concerned adults for supporting youth who may be struggling due to harassment or exclusion related to sexual identity, sexual orientation or other differences. All three trainings are listed in SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry.


Grief Resources

Bullying Prevention

BULLYING DEFINED BY VDOE & ADOPTED BY MPCS SCHOOL BOARD
“Bullying means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. ‘Bullying’ includes cyber bullying.”

Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

In addition to the Activities happening throughout our schools in October, the elementary campus recently welcomed a new bullying prevention program called Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Being a buddy and not a bully is at the core of the Olweus program. Research shows that bystanders plan the biggest role in bullying prevention.

Olweus Resources

Capturing Kids' Hearts

Capturing Kids Hearts is a prevention program that was implemented at Manassas Park Middle School and Manassas Park High School. The program is designed to be utilized by both students and teachers in order to “capture one’s heart.” The program consists of students and teachers holding themselves and others accountable for negative and positive social interactions within their educational environment. This research-based program is dynamic, skill-driven, and a highly participatory experience.

To read more about Capturing Kids Hearts, visit their website or ask your children!

Safe Schools Alert Tip Reporting System

MPCS has a service called Safe Schools Alert. This innovative system allows any Manassas Park community member to submit a tip about a bullying concern, a safety issue, or a general tip. Anyone can submit a tip using any of the four following ways: via text, web, email, or phone. When submitting a tip via web, email, or phone, you will have the option to choose a location to which the tip is referring. When a tip is submitted via text, the option to choose a location is not available. Be sure to list the location in the text so school staff can most effectively address the tip. The option to remain anonymous is always available. However, the more information that is provided, the better school staff can address the tip.

Another unique feature of Safe Schools Alert is the tracking system made available to those submitting tips. Once a tip is submitted via text, phone, or web, a tracking code will be provided. You can then input your tracking code into a box on MPCS's Safe Schools Alert homepage and monitor the status of your tip. There is also an option for school staff to communicate with the tip submitter via messages through the tracking system. This feature can be highly beneficial if the tip submitter chooses to remain anonymous. Be sure to use this great system we have so that we can all help keep Manassas Park City Schools safe!