Bullying not tolerated in NISD

October 7, 2016

Northside will hold its fifth annual Declaration of Respect Signing Day on Friday, October 14, with students and staff across the District signing certificates pledging to demonstrate respect for themselves and all others through their interactions at school.

Counselors and students at Jordan Middle School created a slideshow to show school wide with students writing what respect means to them on whiteboards.

“It doesn’t take a lot to show respect,” said Jaedyn Walker, 6th grader at Jordan Middle School. “It can even be one word like ‘please’ or ‘thanks.’ You never know what other people are going through.”

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Respect Signing Day is a reminder to the community that the District is committed to providing students and staff a safe and respectful environment. 

“We take bullying very seriously in Northside ISD,” said Superintendent Dr. Woods, who signed a similar pledge with all seven Board members at their Sept. 27 Board meeting. “This District-wide effort, of students and staff members from kindergarten through 12th grade, is our attempt to make everyone aware of the seriousness of bullying, and the life altering damage that can occur.”

NISD has implemented many programs to address the needs of students, including classroom guidance lessons delivered by the school counselor, anti-bullying classroom presentations, campus-wide initiatives such as the “No Bully Zone, Project ABC (antibullying communities) at the secondary level, and community involvement activities.

At the District level, the phone and texting Safeline program (397-SAFE and safe@nisd.net) offers a safe way for students (and the community) to report potential incidents. Also the Parent 411 online training module for preventing bullying, cyber-bullying, and dating violence is available for parents and educators.

To educate yourself and help in the prevention of bullying on our campuses, go to the NISD’s Parent 411 website at parent411.nisd.net.