Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? If you have or interact with young children, you know that recess is their favorite “subject” in school. As an educator or as a parent, you also know that recess is the location in which most social interactions begin to emerge and bloom – whether positive or negative.
Bullying affects a person’s emotional and physical safety at school and or at home. It can be presented in a verbal, non-verbal, or physical form. Bullying can negatively impact students’ ability to learn in their educational environment. There are a number of ways that schools can prevent bullying by addressing it. Students should be presented with positive anti-bullying strategies in a manner in which they will retain the information and use the strategies taught.
Rhode Island General Laws 16-21-21, 24, and 34 require school departments to address discipline codes, safety / emergency response / crisis plans, and implement an anti bullying policy. This month is a great month for schools to make their learning environment a positive, safe, and respectful one for all students.
Rhode Island schools have adopted and have begun to develop a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) plan to evaluate their school to determine areas of improvement in order to foster school rules and policies in order to ensure the safety of students and promote positive behavior. In doing so, schools and districts will see a decrease in their SWISS data reports.
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To find out how your school can learn how to prevent bullying go to
Domino the Great’s Rhode Island Bullying Prevention Programs page.