National Bullying Prevention Month: Working to Combat and Prevent Bullying in Schools
Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools on October 7, 2019
Saint Paul Public Schools does not tolerate bullying.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, part of a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER and the National Bullying Prevention Center. The annual campaign is designed to raise awareness about bullying and steps everyone can take to prevent it.
With more than 37,000 students, SPPS employs many resources to address bullying districtwide. At the beginning of the school year, for example, all licensed SPPS staff completed training on bullying prevention as part of their required opening week professional development. Second Step Bullying Prevention is taught in all SPPS elementary schools. And Bullying Prevention Lessons are taught in all district middle schools. Each school strives to create a positive culture and a welcoming environment that leaves no room for bullying.
As SPPS and the nation recognize National Bullying Prevention Month, here’s a list of resources for students, families and staff:
- For Students:
- For Families:
- A Parent Guide to Bullying from Scholastic Books
- Parent, Family, and Caregiver Resources from the Anti-Defamation League including Books and Prevention and Intervention Tips
- For Staff:
- Oct. 21-27: National Safe Schools week
- PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has a multitude of resources for National Bullying Prevention Month, including classroom toolkits and lesson plans.
- The Bully Free: It Starts with Me! Campaign from the National Education Association provides resources and tool for Educators at all grade levels.
- 10 Steps to Prevent Bullying from NEA
- SPPS Form 415: Reporting Discrimination, Harassment, Violence, Bullying and Other Offensive Behavior
Individual schools embrace their own efforts to combat bullying directly. Contact the Office of School Support for more information on district-wide efforts.