Student Services Programs and Services
School Safety - TIP LINE
Bullying Prevention & Intervention
- Bullying is defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including: verbal or written communication transmitted; physical acts committed; or any other behaviors committed; by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, or harm the other student.
- 3 Components of Bullying
- Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions with intent to harm.
- Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
- Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength
- What can students do?
- Be an upstander!
- Don't laugh at bullying behavior.
- If it is safe, then tell the bully to stop.
- Be a friend to the person being bullied.
- Report the bullying to an adult.
- Keep seeking help from adults until it stops.
- How do we prevent bullying?
- Be a role model for students, model respect
- Speak up! Intervene on the spot
- Include students in discussions about bullying
- Discuss safe ways to be an upstander
- Teach the importance of reporting
- Teach the difference between reporting and tattling/snitching
- Respond to reports, follow-up on services, ongoing monitoring
- Prevention Strategies
Resources & Information
- Indiana Department of Education Bullying Prevention Information
- KnowBullying App: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched KnowBullying, a free smartphone app that provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others information and support to address youth bullying. The KnowBullying mobile app, developed in collaboration with the federal partnership StopBullying.gov, is available for iPhone and Android users. Key features include:
- How to start a conversation with a child about bullying.
- How to prevent bullying for ages 3–6, 7–13, and older teens.
- How to recognize whether bullying is affecting a child.
- How and when to talk with children about bullying issues.
- Getting advice and support through social media—Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and text messages.
- Educator-focused strategies for preventing bullying in the classroom and supporting children who are being bullied.
School Assistance Fund
We are a Monroe County United Way member agency. The School Assistance Fund provides clothing, dental, eye, and emergency medical care for students who need assistance to function in school. MCCSC serves any student in need.
Homeless Families and Youth
McKinney-Vento Act InformationChildren and youth experiencing homelessness find shelter in a variety of places. To help educators identify homeless children, the Act defines who is considered homeless. According to the U.S. Department of Education, people living in the following situations are considered homeless:
- Doubled up with family or friends due to economic conditions
- Living in motels and hotels for lack of other suitable housing;
- Runaway children and youth;
- Homes for unwed or expectant mothers for lack of a place to live;
- Homeless and domestic violence shelters;
- Transitional housing programs;
- The streets;
- Abandoned buildings;
- Public places not meant for housing; or
- Cars, trailers, and campgrounds.
Requirements for SchoolsThe McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights for homeless students. They include waiving certain requirements such as proof of residency when students are enrolling and allowing categorical eligibility for certain services, such as free textbooks. The Act also states:
- Homeless students may attend their school of origin or the school where they are temporarily residing;
- Homeless students must be provided a written statement of their rights when they enroll and at least two times per year;
- Homeless students may enroll without school, medical, or similar records;
- Homeless students have a right to transportation to school;
- Students must be provided a statement explaining why they are denied any service or enrollment;
- Students must receive services, such as transportation, while disputes are being settled;
- Students are automatically eligible for Title I services;
- School districts must reserve a portion of Title IA funds to serve homeless students; and
- Schools must post information in the community regarding the rights of homeless students, in schools and other places that homeless families may frequent.
Indiana Education for Homeless Children and Youth (INEHCY) Information
Safe School Hotline: (812)330-2494
The safe school hotline is a CONFIDENTIAL way to report unsafe conditions that could harm students, staff, or the school. Your name is never asked.
The Tip Line below is available for the reporting of issues related safety and discrimination. MCCSC is dedicated to providing a school culture that is safe and welcoming to all students - and we have diversity and inclusion leaders on our staff to help foster this through dialogue and behavior education. While we continue to work in this area, there are times when actions of others don't live up to the standards we set for ourselves or our students. Please use this tool as a way to inform us of issues related to racism, sexism, gender bias or any other issues related to discrimination. We encourage students and families to address issues with their principal or teacher first, but if an anonymous reporting tool is preferred, this is available for that purpose.
Coordinated School Health
Research shows that healthier students are better learners. Health-related problems play a major role in limiting motivation and the ability to learn. As recommended by the CDC, the Coordinated School Health model is an effective strategy for improving the health of students and can encourage long-term wellness and promote academic success.
The model below shows the levels of influence on students’ health. It also demonstrates how the school corporation, in addition the community at large, has a role to play in improving the health and well being of our students. To improve school health and wellness, we must work to make sure that schools’ policies, practices, and programs are sending consistent messages to students and staff to ensure an environment that best promotes health, and therefore, learning!
Goals:Increase health knowledge, attitudes, and skills
Increase positive health behaviors and health outcomesImprove education outcomes
Improve social outcomes
For more information about Coordinated School Health, please email Lisa Greathouse.