Staff to consider B.I.O.N.I.C. idea to improve Loyalton High School
By Annabella Campbell
Loyalton High School is considering implementing the national B.I.O.N.I.C program this year. B.I.O.N.I.C. stands for Believe It Or Not I Care. It is a student-run program designed to unite students and help them through challenging times. Principal Marla Stock said that she “really hopes B.I.O.N.I.C. will take hold.”
B.I.O.N.I.C. was originally started at Green Mountain High School in 2004 in Lakewood, Colo., in response to four suicides. Since then, 550 schools around the world have inquired about or adopted the program.
The program specifically focuses on reaching out to struggling students or staff. The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team’s goals are to help new students feel welcome, reach out to hospitalized students, guide students with extended illness/health conditions, support students who have experienced a death of a loved one, and help out other schools that have experienced a tragedy.
B.I.O.N.I.C. is designed to have five smaller teams, one each to cater to each of their goals: the New Student Team, Hospitalization Team, Extended Illness Team, Loss Team and the School Tragedies Team. Each is led and organized by school students.
A new bully prevention program is also being implemented into B.I.O.N.I.C.’s agenda. Its motto is “Help prevent bullying by just saying H.I.” The “h” stands for help. When a student sees bullying happen and they don’t feel comfortable stepping in, they should go and get help immediately. The “I” stands for initiate contact. Later that day, a person might reach out to the bullied student, talk to him or her or invite him or her to hang out with them at lunch.
B.I.O.NI.C. will be discussed at the next faculty meeting. Stock said, “I’d like to get involved.”