The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of paramount importance to Robinson School. We know that when you drop off your child, you are trusting us with a treasure. We are proud of the environment we have created at Robinson and feel that it is one of the school’s greatest assets. We have a bold up-to-date crisis plan which addresses health, fire, bad weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.
Children at school can be threatened in other less dramatic ways than what we occasionally read in the headlines. Bullying is a reality with which we have to deal. While it may not happen every day, it is very important to understand the various components of bullying. Who is a bully? Who might encourage the bully? Who may see bullying and not do anything? Who sees bullying and wants to do something but doesn’t know what to do? All of these, and more, are questions that must be asked. At Robinson School, we feel that it is important to proactively address the mechanics of bullying at all levels of the school. Faculty and staff must know how to recognize bullying behavior, intervene effectively and prevent future incidents. Students must understand what bullying is in order to avoid it. They need a set of guidelines for interacting with their peers, keeping each other in check and when to notify an adult. Parents have a crucial role as well because they know their children better than anyone. Robinson School is participating in the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program to sensitize the entire school community and provide a common vocabulary and a set of tools to deal with bullying behavior.
Robinson prides itself on the technology we are introducing at school. You’ve read about our state of the art interactive projectors. We require the students in the upper school to have computers and the Internet is an invaluable partner in the education process. But we are also aware that the available technology has us walking a fine line. Children have never before had such an easy, immediate and irreversible ability to publish their thoughts. With their smartphones, computers and digital cameras, they can reach a worldwide audience at the click of a button. That access leads to visibility; and visibility is not always welcome. Cyber-bullies and cyber-predators are a sad reality of life. Shielding our students from this fact is not only impossible, it’s irresponsible. We must assume the position that our students will navigate to sites we would rather they didn’t. However, we must seize the teaching moments that come with this inevitability. Content filters and parental controls can only go so far. They can even lead to a false sense of security. We believe it’s important to educate our students on appropriate and safe use in order to build their ability to recognize and confront the online threats that will come their way.
The right hand side of this page contains links that we believe are helpful to understand and deal with the safety and well-being of the Robinson School Community. As always, we are interested in your feedback. This is, after all, a partnership. Keeping Robinson safe is so important; we’ve all got to be involved.