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CCA provides resources to protect students from bullying

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Cyber school offers network of personal, academic and family resources to help students overcome the aftermath of bullying.

When going back to school, the only thing students should have to worry about is reaching their full potential. They should never be bogged down by fears about bullying or personal safety.

Sadly, this is the situation faced by far too many students heading back to school. According to StopBullying.gov, 20 percent of students aged 12-18 reported being bullied during the last 12 months and 70 percent of students report witnessing bullying in their own school.

While the most common form of bullying is social or verbal, physical bullying, exclusion and threats remain persistent problems experienced by many students. Fortunately, as awareness of bullying grows, parents and teachers are better able to spot the warning signs of bullying. Some of the bullying warning signs include:

  • Changes in engagement with family members, teachers and peers
  • Lack of participation or regularly completing lessons
  • Declining interest in organized activities
  • Changes in academic performance

If your child exhibits any of these behavioral warning signs, they could be experiencing bullying in their current learning environment. Not only does bullying have serious, long-term emotional and psychological consequences, but if left unchecked, it could seriously affect your child’s academic performance.

Finding safety at CCA

Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) provides a safe haven for students who have experienced bullying.

As a K through 12 public cyber charter school serving more than 9,000 Pennsylvania students, CCA knows safety and bullying concerns play an important role in many families’ decision on where to send their children to school. About 34 percent of CCA parents chose CCA because of safety concerns in their previous school, while 29 percent selected CCA because of bullying issues.

That’s why CCA offers a network of personal, academic and family resources to help students overcome the aftermath of bullying and reach their full potential. At the focal point of these resources is CCA’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), which aims to identify and assist students who are facing non-academic barriers to learning, such as bullying. Once issues have been identified, SAP links students and their families to resources in their community that can help them craft appropriate accommodations.

While lessons at CCA are conducted online, family mentors and school counselors are always available to help families and students as they transition to public cyber charter school. Not only are these professionals trained to listen and offer support, they are also ready to design strategies that will successfully guide students through the healing process.

Students who have previously experienced bullying at school may have school-related anxieties, such as fear or distrust of teachers, fear of getting in trouble, or fear of getting called on in class. At CCA, school counselors work directly with teachers, parents and students to design a customized plan that meets each student’s individual needs. Many times, CCA is able to offer solutions that are not available in traditional schools, such as allowing students to attend virtual lessons or switching teachers.

“Here, there is no passing your bully in the hall or facing someone every day during sixth-period math class,” said Brian Comegna, provost at CCA.

This collaborative, student-focused approach to learning ensures students have all the tools they need to overcome bullying and achieve their full potential.

Beyond bullying, CCA’s innovative learning platform to learning guarantees students’ academic progress is never held back by safety concerns. Because students attend live lessons and recorded lessons online, they have the freedom to learn when and where they want, including from the safety of their own home.

CCA is a public cyber charter school open to all Pennsylvania students in grades K through 12, with enrollment available throughout the school year.

At CCA, we want every student to feel safe, supported and academically challenged at school.

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Commonwealth Charter Academy

Published

December 23rd, 2019

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