MILLER TWP. COMM. CONS. SCHOOL
MILTON POPE ELEMENTARY
3197 E 28TH RD
MARSEILLES, IL 61341
Memo to Parents/Guardians Regarding Teen Dating Violence
At our school, teen dating violence is unacceptable. We are committed to providing our students with a school environment where they can learn free from worries about school violence. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of School Board policy, 7:185, Teen Dating Violence Prohibited, which is a component of the District’s anti-bullying program.
Research has shown that teen dating violence can form lifelong, unhealthy habits during young adults’ formative years. Educating parents/guardians, students, and staff about teen dating violence can help us identify incidents of teen dating violence at school or school-related activities. The Board’s policy states that teen dating violence occurs whenever a student uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control an individual in the dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship.
Students in grades 7 through 8 will receive age-appropriate instruction on teen dating violence including its warning signs and prevention. School staff will also receive training on handling the signs and incidents of teen dating violence. I have asked our school staff members to respond immediately and with compassion to a student who reports teen dating violence. After evaluating the situation to determine if an immediate referral to my office is needed. The student may wish to speak to either the principal (of male gender) or the physical education teacher (of female gender) with their questions and/or concerns.
Finally, I have requested staff members to intervene immediately to stop incidents of teen dating violence occurring at school. They will proceed under our District’s procedures for responding to incidences of bullying and school violence.
For more information about this issue, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s educational materials at: