Do you remember “hall monitors?” Those kids who took down names or handed out “tickets” to children not following school rules? They made sure you had a hall pass to go to the bathroom or leave the classroom and they were there to enforce policy and make sure school hallways were safe places.
These days there needs to be more than just hall monitors ensuring the safety of children and compliance of school rules!
CCSD has released a news story about Cyril Wengert Elementary School’s efforts to stamp out bullying and to promote the safety of all students. Teaching children conflict resolution and leadership skills and positive modeling by the Officers is a great idea.
“Cyril Wengert Elementary School has launched “Wengert Safety Enforcement Officers’ Club” to promote safety and anti-bullying practices. As part of the program, third, fourth and fifth grade students are trained to serve as safety officers during lunch recess in support of school-wide safety procedures. The program’s objective is to model students’ desirable behavior, encourage students to brainstorm peaceful resolutions, train and empower the officers to resolve conflict peacefully, as well as to intercept and prevent student violence. Working under the motto “Conflict is to be expected, but violence is not an option,” the officers are trained and sworn in by a Clark County School District Police representative. During duty, the students wear safety vests and issue Wengert safety citations to students violating the school safety rules.
Students follow a scripted procedure of handling and resolving conflicts. The program has aided students by promoting leadership skills and reducing bullying and unsafe practices on campus. Currently, 70 students in third, fourth and fifth grade have been trained and served as campus safety officers. By the end of the school year, every student in third, fourth and fifth grades is expected to have trained on how to resolve conflicts peacefully and served as a safety officer on the Wengert Elementary School campus. For more information about this program, please contact the Communications Office at 799-5304.”