Valley View District Launches Bully Reporting System
The Sprigeo program allows students to report incidents of bullying anonymously by using a Web site.
The following article was submitted by Valley View School District 365U:
Every student in Valley View Community Unit School District 365U will soon be able to report a bullying incident through an anonymous internet-based system called Sprigeo.
Four VVSD schools piloted Sprigeo as an anonymous bullying reporting tool last spring with great success, recording dozens of reports. Administrators at Humphrey and Lukancic Middle Schools as well as Wood View and Beverly Skoff Elementary Schools were able to follow up on each and every report.
"Every seven minutes a child is bullied somewhere in this country," said VVSD Community Outreach Coordinator Michele Bochnak. "Valley View is taking this nationwide problem seriously but we need everyone's help."
The Nov. 1 launch of Sprigeo, which will be accessible through every school's website and through www.vvsd.org, is just one tool in the fight VVSD's Anti-Bullying Task Force has launched against bullying.
VVSD's Board of Education has adopted a strict anti-bullying policy which was mailed to every parent and is available by clicking the anti-bullying icon on the left side of the district website at www.vvsd.org.
In addition, every VVSD staff member has been trained on how to watch for signs of bullying not only in victims but also among bystanders and the victims themselves.