Give Me A Hand, Treat Me Well:

This program’s purpose is to provide and teach tools that allow students to generate healthy home and learning environments. Gimnasio el Hontanar has implemented the program Give me your hand, treat me well in order to develop different strategies to face conflict. This program process is as follows:

1. Diagnosis: The school staff will observe, asses, and identify any and all violent/ non-violent conflicts that may occur within the school environment.

2. Recommendations: Based on the results of the diagnosis phase, intervention strategies are formulated, which include: workshops with the students and establishment of round table talks while following the conflict resolution process.

3. Campaigns: The Wellness Department and the student committee for wellness periodically carry out campaigns directed to the prevention of situations relevant to school and student wellness. These campaigns are achieved through open and honest communication using cibercolegios, radio station, newspapers, informative bulletin boards, and other helpful strategies.

4. Community: Through student and parent workshops, conversations, and group integration all areas of the Hontanar educational community are reached in order to form a strong and united community.

5. Follow-up: Annually, through the school committee of coexistence, the school holds an institutional evaluation carried out by the parents, students, teaching staff, and administrative team. This evaluation monitors the results achieved by this evaluation and all other school sponsored programs, which reflects the perception of the school environment and identifies possible situations of school violence, from which new strategies of prevention and approach are formulated.

Conflict Resolution Process:

To properly solve conflicts that may come up among different members of the school community, and within the development of the program GIVE ME A HAND, TREAT ME WELL, the school promotes the appropriation and implementation of the following actions: 

1. Evaluate the problem: the student who has been affected evaluates the situation through previously worked conflict management strategies. The Student utilizes the follow up recommendations given by the psychology department and uses the tools given by the personal and social growth program.

2. Assertive answers: Students report their complaint(s) in an assertive manner, to provide specific evidence and respond with appropriate reactions. This is not to keep silent in front of situations, but it is neither proper to respond with aggressive behavior.

3. Clear Communication: Students are encouraged to talk directly with the person to whom they are experiencing conflict with, but if that does not solve the problem then students must report the conflict(s) to the appropriate school authority: Homeroom Teacher, Teacher, Psychology Department, Administrators, and/or the Principal.

4. Parent Communication: students are encouraged to communicate with their parents once the situation has been reported and dealt with on the school level. This is important in order to empower the student to handle his or her own situations in order to build character.

5. Resolution Meetings: The Conflict Resolution process ends with this step. The school authority, parents, and student, will have a meeting that allow them to evaluate the lessons learned through this experience and to establish commitments to guarantee that this situation will not happen again in the future. The Commitments made and the future action steps will be recorded in offical meeting minutes signed by all present parties.