The Dallas Independent School District is taking on the issue of bullying, with "Band Against Bullying Week" this week.
The DISD Board of Trustees approved an anti-bullying policy in November 2010, but this week teachers and students hope to start a conversation on stopping bullying in school.
The theme is "Bullying Stops Here" with assemblies planned Monday district-wide.
Some of the activities planned, according to a DISD news release include:
- A ceremonial proclamation against bullying.
- Crazy Socks Day to emphasize differences can be celebrated.
- Athletic Shirt Day to symbolize we are all one team fighting against bullying.
- Classroom and small group activities, developed by campus counselors, who have had extensive training in the past year on bullying.
- Students will pledge not to engage in bullying activities and will receive a blue Band Against Bullying bracelet.
Some schools even revealed specific activities planned during the week.
Monday morning students and staff at James S. Hogg Elementary lined up and held hands to symbolize their Band Against Bullying.
On Tuesday, third graders at K. B. Polk Center for Academically Talented and Gifted will spell out hurtful words and actions in toothpaste then trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube as a symbol you can't take things back even with an apology.
"I am encouraged by the commitment being shown by principals, teachers, counselors, and parents to work with our children in this important initiative," said Interim Elementary Division Executive Shirley Ison-Newsome.