SCORE Peer Mediation Program at Lowell High School



What is peer mediation?

  • Peer mediation is a program that is available to students and staff at Lowell High School to help resolve disagreements.
  • It is an opportunity to sit down in a more calm and relaxed setting and work through a problem.

 

Who does the peer mediating?

  • Trained student peer mediators under the supervision of the adult mediation coordinator, Yvette Cheeks.

 

What does peer mediation help?

  • Peer mediation is needed when two or more students (or teachers) have a problem with each other that they are unable to solve.
  • Problems appropriate for mediation may involve gossip, rumors, teasing, friendship issues, girl/boyfriend issues or name-calling, including through facebook posting, texting and tweeting.
  • More serious issues, such as bullying, are not appropriate for mediation and should be referred to the housemasters.

 

When should I use peer mediation?

  • When you are having a problem with another student that you are unable to resolve.

 

How can students use peer mediation?

  • Anyone can refer a problem for mediation.
  • A student can refer another student, or themselves.
  • Students can refer themselves by asking their teacher for a pass to go to the mediation room.
  • A student can tell their housemaster and they can refer you to mediation.
  • A teacher can refer a student by calling or emailing the mediation coordinator.
  • All referrals are kept confidential unless otherwise requested.

 

How can teachers or staff use mediation?

  • Anyone can refer a problem for mediation by calling or emailing the mediation coordinator.
  • All referrals are kept confidential unless otherwise requested.

 

What happens when I go to peer mediation?

  • Once a referral is made, the adult mediation coordinator meets with each student individually to get more information about the incident and explain the details of mediation.
  • If all parties agree, they will be brought together in mediation with peer mediators and have the chance to say what is on their minds and decide how to resolve their problem.

 

Is peer mediation confidential?

  • Everything said in mediation is kept confidential, except when safety is a concern.

 

What if the other party refuses to attend peer mediation?

  • Mediation is voluntary, so if one party refuses to attend peer mediation then the mediation doesn’t take place.
Last Modified: 2/17/13