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Youth Bullying Prevention Program…
It Takes A District

Tools, Tips, Research and Opportunities to Reduce Bullying
and Support A Positive School Climate
Welcome to the bullying prevention monthly email blast. This information is intended to provide ideas for you to use or share with your school to build a positive school culture and support all students.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or requests for specific information that you would like to see in upcoming issues.
Below, we present a few resources to support your work. The goal, as always, is to specifically address any reported incidents while also learning more about what makes schools safe.   .

Understanding the myths and facts about bullying. Addressing bullying is hard enough without the false information and assumptions that often dominate the conversation. This article features Dr. Dorothy Espelage, a noted researcher who has studied bullying for decades, and presents her responses to some common misconceptions.
 
Mindfulness as a way to prevent bullying and other violence. This Washington Post article profiles a local DC school that uses mindfulness as an approach to promote peace. Please reach out to Linda Ryden to find out more about schools in DC using mindfulness approaches.
 
Upcoming data collection. You will receive an email in mid-May that will allow you to send your bullying incident data to OHR through a secure process. School bullying data will be due by June 30. No individual school data will be released, and only aggregate data will be reported. Reporting no incident data (unless you represent an adult education campus) will raise a red flag, but the number of reports or actual incidents of bullying you have addressed will not. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly at Suzanne.Greenfield@dc.gov.

Remember that the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 requires all schools in the District of Columbia to provide information on all reported and confirmed bullying incidents every two years. We will request these data at the end of the 2017/2018 school year. To assist in this process, we have provided a spreadsheet tool (.xlsx) to help you compile the data requested. We will provide further guidance on submitting your data to OHR later this spring.
 
Suzanne Greenfield
Director, Citywide Bullying Prevention Program
Pronouns – she, her, hers 
 
District of Columbia Office of Human Rights
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 570N
Washington, D.C.  20001
 
Main: 202.727.4559
Direct: 202.727.0455
Cell: 202.834.6376
Fax: 202.727.9589
District of Columbia Office of Human Rights
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 570N
Washington, D.C.  20001

Main: 202.727.4559
Direct: 202.727.0455
Cell: 202.834.6376
Fax: 202.727.9589

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