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Welcome to the online home of Cypress Elementary School! We are thrilled that you stopped by. Located in Tulare, California, Cypress Elementary is one of 16 schools within the Tulare City School District. We provide a nurturing environment and a challenging core curriculum to a diverse group of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information on our district services, please visit our district site.

We have created this site to best help you learn about Cypress Elementary and all that it has to offer you and your child. Get to know our teachers and be sure to check on important upcoming dates and events. Please, jump right in and explore!


A Message from Our Principal

How to Identify and Put a Stop to Bullying

Bullying at school has been in the news quite often the past few years. 

The following are the key elements of bullying: 

  • Intimidating or subjecting a person to hostility or ill treatment 
  • Involving actions which cause another person to feel afraid, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened, or shamed
  • Occuring in a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power
  • Repeating over time

We recognize that creating a safe learning environment is a critical part of helping each child achieve academic success. One key to putting a stop to bullying at school is to inform us that it’s taking place. To make reporting simpler, we are continuing to use Sprigeo, an online system that students can use to report bullying incidents and school safety threats. Sprigeo will give your child another way for communicating with our school staff when bullying or school safety incidents occur. All information sent through the Sprigeo system goes directly to me through a secure online connection.

How does the Sprigeo system work?

Students can access the reporting form directly through a link on our school web site, or they may go to the Sprigeo.com web site. After completing the reporting form and clicking the “Go” button, the report details are sent in a secure e-mail to me. Although reports can be sent anonymously, over 90% of students include their name when using the Sprigeo system.

Does the school receive false reports?

Over 95% of reports sent through the Sprigeo system have been confirmed as authentic requests for help with a bullying incident or school safety threat. Unlike text messages or Facebook posts that can be shared among students, all Sprigeo reports are viewable only by school administrators, minimizing the impact one student has to falsely accuse or abuse another student.

Why is there a need for an online reporting system?

The number one reason why children do not report bullying or abuse is the fear of retaliation from their peers. The Sprigeo reporting form can be accessed from the privacy of a home computer or other internet equipped device, eliminating the possibility of being identified by another student.

You can access this form at the Sprigeo website.

Let’s work together to put a stop to bullying.

Sincerely,

Gary Bates

Gary Bates
Principal


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