It's hard to have great schools when students don't feel safe. It affects their academics; it affects their emotional wellbeing.
One of my initiatives as Superintendent of Public Instruction is to support schools in preventing bullying and to get the message out to students to use their most powerful tool against bullying – speaking out!
Schools are rising to the challenge by:
- Connecting with parents, students and staff every year about bullying;
- Training school staff and identifying a point person for reporting bullying incidents;
- Assigning consistent consequences to bullies;
- Tracking incidents and reporting them to the State Department of Education so progress can be monitored; and
- Fostering healthy, supportive school climates.
My State Department of Education team is supporting local schools with:
- Best practices;
- Guidance, training and technical assistance including policy development;
- Collecting data about youth risk behaviors, including bullying and harassment.
- Assisting schools with implementation of prevention programs;
- Providing funding to address bullying and harassment;
- Hosting an annual conference focused on prevention.
What can you do?
Help get the word out to students, and share my public services announcements on social media. Together we can stop Bullying aimed for older students and an Anti-bullying Toolkit aimed at younger students.
Sherri Ybarra, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Public Instruction