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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Worland High School readies for 2015-2016 school year

Anti-bullying procedure in place


Marcus Huff

Cabinetmakers from Kustom King of Greybull finish the remodel of the Worland High School Library on Tuesday. Classes begin Thursday, after freshman orientation on Wednesday.

WORLAND - The smell of fresh-cut maple hangs in the air, as Worland High School Principal Kevin Smith roams the hallways, preparing to greet the 400 enrolled students starting classes Thursday. In the school library, carpenters are putting finishing touches on a new checkout desk and shelving. Students are decorating their lockers and sitting in the halls, counting down the minutes to the first class of the year.

For Principal Smith, the safe development of his students is a top priority. "We've instituted a strict anti-bullying procedure and will be handing out literature to all of the students," Smith said.

In accordance with Washakie County School District No. 1 policy, Worland High School defines bullying as "an intentional gesture, an intentional electronic communication or any written, verbal or physical contact initiated, occurring or received at school." As outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook for 2015-16 (available online) bullying includes emotional and physical harm, intimidation and insults, and attempted retaliation for grievance. Any student who is found guilty of prohibited "bullying" conduct is subject to suspension, expulsion, or referral to law enforcement.

"We really haven't had a major bullying problem," Smith stated. "School should be a positive experience for staff and students, so we wanted to have a policy that reflects that."

To help students maintain a positive outlook, Worland High School will host "Unstoppable You," a motivational presentation by former teacher and national lecturer Craig Conrad. The presentation, to be at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 25, in the school gym, is designed to boost students' self-esteem and self-confidence by challenging the way they think about bullying, violence, and drug and alcohol abuse.

The school week for Worland High School will start off with freshman orientation for the 100 new ninth graders today, start of class tomorrow, and next Wednesday, a Welcome Back BBQ for students and parents.

All other schools in Washakie County School District No. 1 begin classes Thursday as well.


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