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October News
Happy October!!!

Week of Respect
The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122) requires that the week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year, which is Oct. 6-10 in 2014, be designated as a Week of Respect. School districts, in order to recognize the importance of character education, are required to observe the week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing harassment, intimidation or bullying (HIB). Throughout the week, Byrd School faculty and students will show their spirit of cooperation and community by wearing specifically colored shirts designated for different days of the week. In addition, we will host the NED Show assembly, a school-wide character education program. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.

School Violence Awareness Week
Since 2003, schools and districts have been observing School Violence Awareness Week during the week beginning with the third Monday in October as required by law, which is Oct. 20-24 in 2014. Teachers will address violence awareness by speaking with children about safety both in and out of school.
Janet’s Law Requires Schools to Have AED’s
Some of you many know that a new law designed to save cardiac arrest victims on school property will take effect this school year. “Janet’s Law,” was established in memory of Janet Zilinski, an 11-year old who died of sudden cardiac arrest following a cheerleading squad practice. The law requires public school districts to place an automated external defibrillator (AED), identified with appropriate signage, in an unlocked location on school property. It must be accessible during the school day and at any other time in which a school-sponsored event or team practice. We have two AEDs at Byrd School. One is located outside the first grade steps and the other is outside the Health Office.

In addition, the law requires that a public school district establish and implement an emergency action plan for responding to sudden cardiac events, and that no less than five school faculty members successfully complete and hold a current certification from training programs recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services in CPR and use of an AED. The five members of Byrd’s team are: Mrs. Xylas, CSN, Mrs. Kenerson, RN, Mrs. Lota, Mr. Parsons, Mrs. Picariello, and Ms. Reggio

Janet’s Law requires the following items, which Byrd School has:
• All public and private schools K-12 to have an AED on site;
• At least five school employees to be certified in CPR/AED;
• An emergency action plan for a sudden cardiac event;
• The AED to be located in an accessible, unlocked location (such as outside the school gym) with appropriate signage above the unit;
• Signs throughout the school directing people to the AED; and
• The AED must be accessible after school hours for school athletic events and practices.
School Security Drills
NJ State Law requires schools to conduct school security drills of some variety once per month.  This is in addition to the fire drills, we have been practicing each month for a number of years now. A school security drill is defined as an exercise to practice procedures that respond to an emergency situation including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or shelter situation. We will holding school security drills monthly throughout the school year.  If you observe these drills taking place, please do not be alarmed.  In the event of an actual emergency, we will notify you through our Honeywell, reverse 911 system.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Managing Behavior
Click here for an excellent article on "Strategies for Managing Your Child's Resistant Behavior" by John W. Maag.
 2014 NJ ASK Scores
Aggregated scores for Grades 3-5
 Bullying Information
Power Point presentations on Bullying
 Empowerment Tools
This folder contains strategies that you can help your child adopt when dealing with others who aren't nice to them.
 Executive Functioning
Excellent article sent by the Community School in Paramus
 HIB Reporting Forms
Use these forms to report an alleged incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying
 New Jersey Common Core Standards
Article for parents on the NJ CCS
 Parent and Student Handbooks
Please take the time to read both handbooks.
 Talking to your Child About Bullying
A brief article from Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. that might be of interest to you.
 Teaching online safety
For parents and teachers
 Olweus Bully doc0001.pdf
Similarities and Differences between Rough-and-Tumble Play, Real Fighting, and Bullying
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