KELSO'S CHOICE - Elementary Campuses Grades K-2In the Fall of 2012, Alvin ISD elementary schools began implementing a conflict-management curriculum called Kelso’s Choice. This curriculum teaches students to distinguish between small (minor) problems and more serious problems. Students are empowered to resolve small problems themselves by utilizing options such as talking it out, walking away, and waiting and cooling off. Throughout the curriculum, students are taught nine options to solving small problems. For more serious problems, students are taught to get an adult’s help. Our school counselors work with students to learn how to distinguish between small and serious problems.
More information about Kelso’s Choice can be found at http://kelsoschoice.com/the-program/about-kelsos-choice/ .
Second Step - Elementary Campuses Grades 3-5
In the Fall of 2019 Alvin ISD elementary schools began implementing the social emotional curriculum Second Step. Second Step programs combine discussions with fun activities and family resources. The programs help children learn social-emotional skills such as responsible decision-making, working together to solve problems, managing strong emotions, and getting along with others. These skills can help children succeed academically and socially. This program offers research-based, classroom-tested curricula that help make schools safe, supportive learning environments.
More information about Second Step can be found at https://www.secondstep.org/ .
Character Strong - Elementary Grades 3-5, Junior High, and High School Campuses
In the Fall of 2020, Alvin ISD Junior High and High Schools began implementing a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum which focuses on fostering the whole child with vertically-aligned lessons, teaching SEL competencies, and growing character development. The Character Strong program promotes that character education involves developing thoughtful, healthy, and kind human beings and that character is informed by personal values and choices. Character Strong focuses on nurturing and growing the widely-known SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. School counselors, teachers, and staff members are working together to speak a common Character Strong language in order to grow our children in the personal and social areas of life. This, in turn, produces rewarding and positive outcomes in the classroom and at home. Parents and community members are welcomed and encouraged to walk alongside us in this character development journey!
For more information about Character Strong and access to great resources visit www.characterstrong.com.
Alvin ISD takes the issue of bullying very seriously. We want our students to feel welcome and safe in a caring, learning environment. Counselors are provided at every AISD campus to assist students experiencing difficulty in school. However, students are always encouraged to talk to any school official (teachers, assistant principals, or principals) when experiencing a distressing situation or safety concern.
What is bullying?
Texas Education Code, Chapter 37 Section37.001. Student Code of Conduct. Specifies the requirements for the district code of conduct and includes the Bullying Prevention Policies and Procedures outlined in Sec. 37.0832.
According to TEC. 37.0832 bullying means a single significant act or a pattern of actions by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that:
1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property;
2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student;
3. Materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
4. Infringes on the rights of the victim at school.
Bullying includes cyberbullying. Cyberbullying means bullying that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, e-mail, instant message, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet-based communication tool. This state law on bullying prevention applies to:
1. Bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property.
2. Bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to or from school or a school-sponsored or school-related activity; and
3. Cyberbullying that occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related activity if the cyberbullying interferes with a student's educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity.