An email from Crystal Lake High School Superintendent Johnnie Thomas:
District 155 Anti-Bullying Initiatives
Dear District 155 Parents & Guardians:
As you are probably aware, bullying issues have received increased national attention in recent years—and rightfully so.
The issue has become more prevalent across the country, but it is important to understand that it has been met with increasing local efforts by the schools and community to proactively eliminate bullying among our students.
McHenry County’s new regional superintendent of schools has been working with area districts to identify these programs and bring more light to the issue and our efforts.
To that end, I am writing to inform you of resources available for your children.
I hope this message provides you with the knowledge necessary to protect your children from bullies or discourage them from bullying behavior.
At District 155 schools, we have multiple programs in place to help your student transition from adolescence to adulthood. Under the Board of Education’s guidance, the district’s administrators, faculty, and students have worked to craft policies, procedures, and programs to help protect and educate students about this important issue.
The schools’ community service organizations help promote a culture of character, while education programs in and out of the classroom help provide guidance necessary to help our students become responsible citizens.
Specifically, we invite you to visit the District 155 website for more information about several key initiatives throughout the district.
These programs have resulted in nearly 90% of District 155’s Class of 2012 reporting that they felt safe while at school.
As we continue these efforts, and with your help at home, we believe we can further limit the reach of bullying in our schools.
Should you or your student need assistance with bullying issues, please contact your school and ask to speak with a social worker or guidance counselor about available resources.
Dr. Johnnie Thomas
Community High School District 155