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Dear Parent:

 

Predominately, schools are safe and nurturing places for students, and school leaders and faculty are dedicated to making sure schools remain safe learning environments for all students. However, bullying is a serious issue that every school in the nation faces. Nationwide, research shows that more than half of all school-aged children will be involved in bullying this year as a victim or a perpetrator with many more witnessing bullying acts on a regular basis.

 

At Somerset Area School District, we believe in working together with parents to combat bullying. We know this problem isn’t confined to school grounds. Bullying at school affects and is affected by what happens at home between siblings, what happens in the neighborhood, and what happens when kids go online. We must work together to take immediate action, whether a child bullies, is a victim of bullying, or is a witness to bullying.

 

I encourage you to consult a new, free resource for parents called the Education.com Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online. This resource helps parents take an active role in addressing bullying at school and online. It includes articles, video clips, quizzes, online workshops, community forums and quick-fact lists, all available free-of-charge at http://www.education.com/special-edition/bullying/.
The Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online was created by the American Association of School Administrators, Education.com, a leading website for parents, and Dr. Shelley Hymel and Dr. Susan Swearer, renowned experts on bullying, with corporate sponsorship provided by Symantec, makers of Norton security software.

We are pleased to share this free resource with you as part of our continuing effort to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for your child.
 
Remember, bullying should not be seen as “kids being kids” or something that students just need to deal with.  Having a safe school experience is something that all students should be able to enjoy. We look forward to partnering with you to make certain our schools are that kind of place!
 
I also believe that communication is key to our success.  Please contact the appropriate building principal if you have any bullying-related information for us.  If we don't know, we will be unable to take appropriate action.
 
District Phone #:  814-443-2831
Mr. Scott Shirley - High School Principal Grades 9-12 
Mr. Jeff Boyer - Middle School Principal Grades 6-8
Mr. Tom Minnick - Assistant Middle/High School Principal Grades 6-12 
Mr. Erick Fish - Eagle View Principal Grades 3-5 
Mr. Eric Curry - Maple Ridge Principal Grades K-2 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Krista S. Mathias, Superintendent

Somerset Area School District

645 South Columbia Avenue

Somerset,   PA  15501

Telephone:  (814) 444 - 3211

Fax:  (814) 443 - 1964

 

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Last Modified on August 17, 2012