Bullying Policy

The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul the whole community finds it reflection, and when in the community, the strength of each individual soul is working. ~Rudolf Steiner

Social and emotional learning was at the core of Rudolf Steiner's intentions for Waldorf Education when the first school was founded and continues to be today. Educational researchers now recognize that social and emotional learning is a prerequisite for academic success. At Emerson Waldorf School, we see children's social interactions at school as opportunities for learning and growth, and we strive to provide an environment where children can learn constructive responses to social difficulties. Our approach for supporting social difficulties is referred to as Social Inclusion.  For more information about the policy and procedures of Social Inclusion, refer to the Parent Handbook.

Parent Practices to support a healthy social community at EWS:
We expect most matters to be raised and resolved through the everyday work of our teachers, staff, parents and the committees that serve them. All concerns about a child should be addressed to the class teacher first. If a parent needs assistance in communication with the teacher, they may contact a Social Inclusion Committee Member for support. Social Inclusion Committee Members can also provide information on how parents can help their children during social conflict. Written materials and informational CDs are also available through our school library (inquire at the Main Office.)

If this process is to be successful, there are certain agreements about the way we resolve our differences by which everyone must abide:

  • We acknowledge the importance of open, constructive and direct communication.
  • We believe in fostering an environment where conflicts are seen as opportunity for growth and are embraced for the creative ideas that come from it, not suppressed out of fear;  
  • We believe that differences of opinion are a fundamental source of the social dynamic within a community and must be expressed in order to be explored;
  • We will operate according to the belief that truth will emerge from a process based on caring, creative, critical thinking and a willingness to accept and challenge one's own viewpoints as well as  accepting the views of others;
  • We seek to find solutions that always keep concern for our children in focus and which balance a willingness to be flexible with staying true to the core values of Waldorf education;
  • We expect all parties to maintain the utmost discretion and confidentiality when involved in a dispute so that all members of our community trust they can enter the process with respect;
  • We respect the importance of time, patience and due process in achieving lasting resolutions at EWS for the purpose of strengthening our community;

Above all, we believe that disputes can only be resolved when there is a genuine desire and effort on the part of everyone involved to understand the various viewpoints and a commitment to work through the differences that underlie our disagreements.

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