Character Development: The OLWEUS Program

The OLWEUS Program

All schools deal with the issue of bullying. Reutter School has taken proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying through the adoption of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This research-based school-wide “systems-change” program has been used successfully in schools with positive results.

This program is not a curriculum that students participate in for only a few weeks. Rather, it is a coordinated effort by all the adults in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens. As part of the program, students participate in class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it, and how they can work with adults at school to put a stop to it even as bystanders. This program is about prevention and responsiveness.

Implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a long-term commitment in which Reutter School has invested. Parents and community can support the messages students are getting in school. Parents can talk to their children about bullying, access the resources on our website, and reinforce the lessons the students are learning in class meetings. The community can help reinforce anti-bullying messages and social rules about caring for others as we continue to educate future patrons of the community.

Reutter School is a safe school with a positive learning environment. The OLWEUS program will further promote our school’s vision and rules.

We hope we can count on you to make this a true community effort.


Mr. Peters, Principal