KLEAR - KIDS LEARNING EMPATHY AND RESPECT
The KLEAR program promotes empathy and respect among students, parents, and staff in the Woodside High School community. Its focus is on eradicating language and behavior that promotes hate. The goal is to teach students why this language and behavior is not okay, and to create a common language of respect and empathy for all both at school and in the home.
KLEAR is an alternative to suspension program which requires students who are repeated offenders of the respect for all policy to attend a one time per week evening session of 2- 1/2 hours for three successive Thursday evenings within a month's time. During these sessions students and their parents learn experientially about the harmful impact of hate behavior and how to develop empathy and respect for others. The curriculum includes learning skills and tools for positive communication as well as anger and conflict management.
Some examples of the KLEAR related language and behavior that the staff identified and plans to work to curtail on campus are: racial, ethnic and gender/sexual slurs in English and Spanish; other name calling- those with disabilities, height/weight issues;
swearing; bullying; harassment.
KLEAR helps to create a more caring environment in which all students can succeed at Woodside High School.
If you have further questions or want to get involved, please contact the KLEAR coordinator, Gwen Sidley, at extension 8665.
KLEAR is funded by generous grants from the Woodside High School Foundation and The Hancock Family Foundation.