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Bullying information for Polk County School Board Employees:

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The Big Picture

The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act requires the following of all School Board Employees in the state of Florida:

  • That we all are aware of bullying; we must know:
    • The definition
    • How to recognize bullying, knowing what the signs and symptoms are of a child who is being bullied,
    • The basic causes of bullying.
  • That we all know how to intervene when bullying occurs, this involves.
    • Knowing how to report bullying
    • Knowing how to step in to stop bullying when it is happening
    • Knowing how to respond to the bully and to the victim
  • That we all share an understanding of the ways that schools can prevent bullying; prevention activities are varied but encompass:
    • Social Marketing campaigns that might be initiated school-wide
    • The direct education of students through classroom instruction
    • Establishing a school climate that does not tolerate bullying, and promotes respect of each individual

Administrators are required to ensure that their school has met all the legal mandates; but they must also have an additional set of skills. They must know:

  • The procedures to investigate bullying incidents including:
    • Knowledge of the time-lines for investigation
    • Use of the District’s forms
    • The procedures for interviewing and documenting
  • Oversight of an action plan for the victim and possibly the bully
  • How to keep the parents informed and involved
  • Maintaining confidentiality

Report Bullying or Harassment

How do I file a report of bullying?Report Bullying Now

There are several methods for reporting suspected bullying incidents:

What happens next?

  • Administrators will acknowledge receipt of your report in three school days
  • A preliminary review of the incident may be conducted to determine need for the investigation
  • If warranted, an investigation will be conducted and completed within 10 days
  • Parents of the victim and bully will be notified of the results and the school will take appropriate action

Administrators

Teachers

Standing Tall Newsletter: Teacher Edition

Volume 1: October 2008