The Catholic Diocese of Arlington recognizes that students are created in the image and likeness of God; therefore, they are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. The education of students can be compromised if they are intimidated or fearful because of bullying and/or sexual harassment.
The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Arlington endeavor to provide for their students a safe environment, free from bullying and/or sexual harassment. To this end each school is incorporating a CARE program beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.
The program will include the following:
1. A survey distributed to parents, faculty and students to assess their perception of the level of respect, bullying and sexual harassment at the school.
2. An educational component for parents, faculty and students.
3. A presentation of the diocesan program entitled Formation in Christian Chastity.
4. A presentation of the Diocesan Sexual Harassment policy for grades 5-8.
5. Use of the Acceptable User Policy regarding technology and in-servicing on the topic of cyber bullying.
6. A follow up survey during the spring and end of year evaluation of the program.
At All Saints, we have been proactive in addressing the concern of bullying in our community. Two years ago we introduced a Bully Awareness & Prevention Week during which we asked parents and students to complete a comprehensive survey. Since that time, we have annually provided lessons to the students on this important topic and adopted a school-wide anti-bully pledge. The diocesan implementation of the CARE Program provides us an opportunity to refresh our efforts and maintain a strong, on-going commitment to maintaining a bully-free environment for students, staff and parents.