As you make your way through the first few months of school, we at PikMyKid are always looking at ways to shed light on how to make your school a safer learning environment for your students. Having consulted many schools with their dismissal process, and with October being National Bullying Prevention month, I thought I’d share the many similarities and characteristics I found in my research between dismissals and a bully. Maybe you can relate!
Types of Dismissal Bullies
Aggressive dismissal – Most dismissals who fall into this category tend to be loud, chaotic, largely intimidating, lacking empathy, and overall physically and emotionally draining. Similar to the aggressive bully who through their physically strong and confident nature can coerce others around them into joining them on their journey of putting others down, mentally or physically.
Passive dismissal – Unlike the aggressive dismissal, those who fall into this category tend to be smaller, less intimidating, fewer moving parts, but less organized and secure. Much like the passive bully who tends to be smaller in stature, less popular, and more insecure due to their unstable home lives.
Signs your dismissal is a bully
Similar to the different types of bullies, an aggressive dismissal may be larger and louder to handle, but a passive dismissal may be smaller, unorganized, and less secure. Despite the process both have their ways of tormenting their victims and bystanders, who in this case are the administrators, parents, and students. From our experience most dismissals share these same “bully” characteristics and protrude these behaviors:
Impulsive – Parents randomly change how their child is going home and they have no option but to call or leave a note. Administrators don’t seem to be too happy with all the phone calls as well.
Easily frustrated or annoyed – Parents waiting in the car line, for what feels like a year, is never an easy task to control. One slow moving student or misplaced student can anger everyone in the pick up process.
Lacks Empathy – Administrators are doing the best they can but sometimes they lack the tools or the technology to do their best. Parents are also trying to be as patient as possible, but just like the aggressive bully the aggressive dismissal lacks empathy for both victims.
What to do if your dismissal is like a bully?
If your dismissal is a bully, address the issues head on. Organization and safety are vital to enhancing your aggressive or passive dismissal. Talk with your team and discuss the headaches that continue to come up day in and day out.
If the bullying continues, seek professional help. PikMyKid offers a variety of tools to schools that help with streamlining front office duties, automating the car line, and most importantly knowing who is picking up the child and how they are going home. Is your schools dismissal process similar to a bully as well?
For a free consultation regarding your dismissal process schedule a demo here!
For a resource regarding National Bullying Prevention Month please visit: https://www.stopbullying.gov/