National Bullying Prevention Month
Friday, Oct 01, 2021
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. In efforts of showing our zero tolerance for bullying, the school counseling team will be working together to provide classroom guidance lessons on what bullying is, types and signs of bullying, and action steps to take. Discussing this topic openly will help build a safe and confident school community and promote self-advocacy and unity in students.
To deliver lessons, our school is partnering again this year with The Monique Burr Foundation to implement their comprehensive, research-based prevention programs called MBF Child/Teen Safety Matters. Students will receive engaging, and age-appropriate classroom lessons in October and November that educate and empower them to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, abuse, and other digital dangers. If you do not want your child to participate in the MBF Safety Matters program, please complete this Google Form . Once completed, you will receive more information or the following form to view and complete: K-8 Parent Opt-Out ; 9-12 Parent Opt-Out .
To learn more about the program or student safety, visit www.mbfpreventioneducation.org .
We are also excited to share with you that our school community will be celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Unity Day is an annual event that occurs during National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It promotes joining together to create healthier communities through kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. This is a day when we can come together in one giant, orange message of hope and support. The call to action is simple: WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE . This vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, showing support for students who have been bullied and for bullying prevention.
The following are some guidelines for this activity:
- Orange tops must be solid and without print unless it is a school shirt.
- School uniform bottoms and shoes must be worn.
- Orange accessories are allowed.
- Unity Day Shirt by PACER can be worn if you would like to purchase on your own.
As a reminder, students must continue to adhere to the dress code policies set in place. Click here to access the Dress Code Policies .
According to StopBullying.gov (2020), “ Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.”
There are various forms of bullying including verbal, social, physical and cyberbullying, all of which can have long-lasting impacts. TO lean more about bullying and what it is and how to help your child respond, please visit the following sites:
Below are some important reminders for the month of October
October - School-Wide Bullying Prevention Initiatives
October 20 - Unity Day (Wear and share orange )
October 25 @ 8:30 am
- K-5 Counselor Coffee Talk: Comprehensive Counseling & Safety. Please register
October 27 @ 8:30 am - 6-8 Counselor Coffee Talk: Comprehensive Counseling & Safety. Please register here .
Resources / References:
- StopBullying.Gov (2020). What is bullying?. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html