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Lago Vista ISD
Academics & Student Services


Bullying Prevention

Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. Lago Vista ISD is committed to preventing bullying through creating a culture of caring and by educating students. Parents, school staff, and other caring adults also have a role to play in preventing bullying.  We can:

  • Help kids understand bullying. Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
  • Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns. 
  • Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior. 
  • Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.

To help build a student culture of caring and respect, the District also uses the Committee for Children's Second Step bullying prevention curriculum. For more information, please click here 
How to Report Bullying or Other Safety Concerns




Lago Vista ISD uses StayALERT to help keep our schools safe. StayALERT is a bilingual, confidential website, e-mail, phone and texting avenue for students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to be able to confidentially report unsafe behaviors, suspicious activities, bullying, acts of violence, harassment, and a host of other potential disruptors to school safety. 

Users may anonymously report concerns 24-7-365 via the StayALERT website, an e-mail, a phone call to a recorded and monitored line, or via a text message from a cell phone. Photos and video clips pertaining to the StayALERT report may be included. No special app required!  Reportable information will be forwarded in a timely manner to a pre-designated District-level official for review.

To make a report, use one of the methods below:


Website: 
            stayalert.info

Call or Text:       (206) 406-6485

Email:                 report@stayalert.info

Project Vinátta


Lago Vista ISD is excited about our newest District-wide No Place for Hate® initiative, Project Vinátta.  The No Place for Hate® initiative from the Anti-Defamation League provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying, and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate.  

It is Lago Vista ISD’s goal to become a No Place for Hate® district by creating Project Vinátta student coalitions on all four campuses in 2017-2018.  Click here for more information!



WatchDOGS Program 

WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative educational initiative to promote father involvement in schools. There are two primary goals of the WatchDOGS program.

  1. To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
  2. To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer during the day at Lago Vista Elementary School. WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow, and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with students.

WatchDOGS Afternoon Bus Program
Lago Vista ISD is also piloting a WatchDOGS Afternoon Bus Program.  Volunteers will assist our bus drivers on our afternoon elementary/intermediate routes by providing positive reinforcement for behavior expectations and safety procedures, by helping students make the bus ride a continuation of school day learning, and by helping to provide a safe and respectful environment that will help ensure punctual transportation home in the afternoons. Volunteers for the WatchDOGS Afternoon Bus Program will be asked to be present on a weekday from 2:45pm-4:00pm.

How do I get involved?
If you are a current WatchDOGS participant and are interested in volunteering for the WatchDOGS Afternoon Bus Program, please contact Lago Vista Elementary School Assistant Principal Eric Holt at eric_holt@lagovista.txed.net.

To become a WatchDOGS participant or learn more information about the program, please contact Mrs. Lisa Wolf at lisa_wolf@lagovista.txed.net.
Additional Information

Resources
Lago Vista ISD WatchDOGS Guidelines & Registration Form
National Bullying Prevention Center - PACER Center 
StopBullying.gov
StayALERT
What Every Parent Should Know about Bullying
Understanding Bullying Behavior - University of Cincinnati (Excellent resource recommended via email by Chris in Kingston City Schools! Thank you Chris and Ms. Sharkey!)


Questions?
Contact Dr. Suzy Lofton-Bullis at suzy_lofton@lagovista.txed.net.




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