About the FSC task force

The Franklin School Committee aims to provide its students and staff with an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from student harassment, also known as bullying. Indeed, the mission of the Franklin Public Schools is to “cultivate each student’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential through rigorous academic inquiry and informed problem solving skills within a safe, nurturing and respectful environment.”

Among our core values are the following:

•    Through our words and our actions, we create a culture of civility, thoughtfulness, appreciation and approachability.

•    We partner with all members of the community to exchange ideas, solve problems and build a comprehensive educational experience.

Recent events involving bullying (including cyberbullying) in communities outside Franklin have prompted the School Committee to review its current policies and practices in these areas. In addition, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is considering anti-bullying legislation which may be implemented in the next few weeks.

The School Committee recognizes that bullying can have long-term effects on an individual’s self-esteem and mental health. Children talk about feeling alone, worthless and unable to concentrate on their studies. It can wreck their education and destroy their confidence. If bullying is not tackled promptly and appropriately, the consequences can be destructive. Addressing bullying in a forthright and direct manner will help our schools become safer places. A safer school means a better environment for learning.

In consideration of the foregoing, the School Committee has decided to immediately form a task force, pursuant to Policy BDF, to address bullying concerns and make recommendations for the implementation of policies and practices to combat this social problem. The task force will review current policies and practices in Franklin, identify items to include in an anti-bullying policy, identify potential costs associated with implementation of various recommendations, identify acts which acts of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying which may constitute criminal activity, and address legal concerns.

The Task Force is expected to present its findings in October 2010.

2 responses to “About the FSC task force

  1. Hello,

    My name is Seon Park, and I’m a Casting Producer for ABC’s Emmy award winning TV series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” We are in the process of finding families who deserve and in need of a new home for our next season of the show, and we want to move that bus!

    We are looking for inspirational families that America can really root for. Because you are so plugged into the community, you might be able to help us reach those local heroes who need our help, or others in the community who can bring those families to our attention. It would be great if you could post a bulletin on your website, or include our information in your newsletter, and forward this information on to anyone you see fit.

    We’re looking for inspirational members of the community who, for whatever reason, need a new home. While we know that there are so many families in need all over this country, we want to focus on people that have given back in some way despite their personal hardships. Some examples from past episodes include The Bliven family of Minot, ND who started a little league baseball program for children with special needs. And in Indiana, Shawna Farina heads up the local Relay For Life cancer walk for life in honor of her mother’s struggle with the disease and, in an ironic twist of fate, now battles breast cancer herself. Some of our episodes have focused on people who have been inspirational within their own family. Amy Hawkins of Hendersonville, TN was left paralyzed after she threw her body over her 2 sons as a tornado ripped apart their home. As you can see, our definition of deserving can be fairly broad.

    We are looking for families who have been affected by Cyber Bullying!

    Attached, is our show flyer, which details what we are looking for and how people can submit their materials to us. Any assistance you can offer in getting the word out to volunteer, service, and community-building organizations would be deeply appreciated. All nominations should be sent to seon@emhe.tv.

    To be eligible, a family must own their own single family home or at least property on which a home can be built. Plus, they must be able to show producers how a makeover will make a huge difference in their lives. Nominations must include the names and ages of each member of the household along with a description of the major challenges within the home. Please also include contact information of the family. If possible, we would also love to see pictures of the family and their home.

    I do appreciate any leads you might have to find a great family in your community.

    Thanks again! And please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

    Seon Park
    Casting Producer
    Extreme Makeover Home Edition
    Lock & Key Productions
    5200 Lankershim Blvd., 5th floor
    North Hollywood, CA 91601
    Office: 818-824-9627
    Fax: 818-824-9699

  2. marcia gurnicki

    please help me reach ty. i am a grandma of 61. we adopted my grandchildren in 2004. my goal was to have them continue in a chathlic school for their schooling. they are now in the 5th and 7th grade. my son was bullied in october. super devasting. i want to do an anti bully campaign for our school in green bay, wi. there is more to this story. let me know how i get it to you. here are a few quates my son’s classmates wrote him the day he was bully. “robbie you are super speshel!” “robbie you are a nice person to everyone.” there are 45 more. my son was and is still devasted. he dosen’t want to go to school at times now. he is super embarrassed that his friends saw him cry. please help me. this will be good for our community. i need to try to prepare them to mainstream into public school. the expense is too great. but i am worried about my son and others if i cannot do something to help control kids bullying. PLEASE HELP ME. god bless marcia gurnicki 2418 pecan st. green bay wi 54311 e-mail : roymush@att.net

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