Freedom From Bullying is Irving ISD's district wide Bullying Awareness and Bully Prevention program. The curriculum focuses on creating and continuing a more amicable atmosphere. Lessons are taught by our School Counselors throughout the school year in October, November, January and May.
The lessons unfold as follows:
Lesson 1: What is Bullying, Really?
Lessons 2 and 3: Changing From a Bystander to an Alongside Stander
Lessons 4 and 5: Hope and Help for Targets
The high school curriculum includes a Protectors section. This part of the program invites students to form a Freedom Council whose mission will be to help change the culture of the school to a more kind, caring and friendlier way of life.
Once the high schools have established and educated their Freedom Councils these students will visit with the middle schools to help them create their own Freedom Councils. This will happen in the spring and into the fall.
Who should parents contact?
Contact your child’s teacher
Then the school counselor
Then the school administrator
Each campus provides school counseling for the victim/target and for the bully/aggressor. The bully will receive appropriate consequences, but both parties need support and guidance. Counselors also meet with parents to discuss ways to help their children.
Our Freedom from Bullying Program was started in the fall of 2012.
An introduction to Freedom From Bullying was held for parents across the school district on September 27, 2012 for all Irving ISD parents at Irving High School and streamed LIVE to all the school campuses. If you were unable to view this anti-bullying program, please see the online video recorded from that evening.