113 Lafayette Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213(716) 923-1534 Fax: (716) 768-0980

Important Message

  • To Our WBCS School Community: 

    We are writing to you with overwhelming feelings of sorrow, outrage, and dismay following the death of George Floyd and the events and turmoil that have transpired over the past few days. We cannot remain silent on this. We need our students, staff and families of color to know that we care, you are important, and you are not alone. WBCS stands with you.

    WBCS was founded on the principles of diversity; we are incredibly proud of the diverse community we have built over the past eight years. However, our sentiments and actions need to go beyond celebrating diversity but unequivocally defending it.  We  need to be clear in our message that WBCS is a school that will not support racial or ethnic inequality.  We need all of our students to know they are valued and loved.  We need all families to feel welcome when they walk through our doors.  We must continue our conversations about race which includes examining our practices and removing obstacles that contribute to systemic inequities. We must foster a culture of inclusion – for students, families and staff.  

    As we find ourselves separated during the pandemic, it poses a challenge to connect and provide emotional support in the same way we typically would.  But know we are here.  Our administrators, teachers, and social worker will continue to work hard to provide support to our students and families.  We will post resources on how to talk with children about violence, racism and traumatic events.  We will provide guidance to our teachers so they can discuss the issue in an age-appropriate manner. We want our students to feel supported.  However, please feel free to contact us if you feel as though your child may need additional support. 

    We will continue to ask for your support to insure that WBCS remains a place where everyone receives the compassion, empathy and humanity they deserve.  

    Sincerely, 

    WBCS School Administration and the Board of Trustees 


Email: tipline@westbuffalocharter.org

In the wake of Columbine and several other school shooting tragedies, the US Secret Service and the US Department of Education launched a comprehensive study to examine these phenomena and make recommendations to our nation's schools regarding best practices for school safety.  They clearly found that many of these tragedies could have been avoided had both adults and students came forward with information to the administration and authorities.  In many of these cases it was found that both adults and students had knowledge of an imminent threat and failed to disclose for fear of getting involved or the stigma of being an informant.  

 
West Buffalo Charter School's Safety Team took a very close look at all these recommendations. The BearTipline is a tool that adds potential anonymity to the process of sharing information. We are encouraging our learning community to use this as a tool to promote school safety. The information shared can run the gamut for serious violent threats against the school and our student body, harassment and bullying, and/or drug and alcohol activity.  
 
The information is forwarded to the school administration. The school administration will act upon the information according to student’s constitutional rights, established educational laws, district policies, and standard due process. The administration fully understands the unpredictable nature of third party information and will employ professional discretion to protect the civil liberties of all parties while maximizing a safe environment in our school and community.
 

The major components and tasks for creating a safe school climate include:  
  • Assessment of the school’s emotional climate;
  • Emphasis on the importance of listening in schools;
  • Adoption of a strong, but caring stance against the code of silence;
  • Prevention of, and intervention in, bullying;
  • Involvement of all members of the school community in planning, creating, and sustaining a school culture of safety and respect;
  • Development of trusting relationships between each student and at least one
    adult at school; and
  • Creation of mechanisms for developing and sustaining safe school climates.