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Safe and Caring Environment

At Gilbert Schools, our safe and caring environment impacts every student, every day.

Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports

Gilbert Community Schools are committed to implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) at the pre-school through 5th grade levels. Our goal is to develop a school-wide approach in communicating and following through with our expectations to all students by all staff. According to pbis.org, “effective classroom management and preventive school discipline are essential for supporting teaching and learning. PBIS goes further by emphasizing that classroom management and preventive school discipline must be integrated and working together with effective academic instruction in a positive and safe school climate to maximize success for all students.” To learn more, please visit the PBIS website.

Bullying and Harassment

Gilbert Community Schools are committed to bullying and harassment prevention.  It is our goal to follow up on every reported incident.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions, such as: making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and excluding someone from a group on purpose. – 2014 US Department of Education office of Safe Schools

To learn more about bullying and harassment, visit the Bullying and Harassment Page on the Iowa Department of Education website.