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Do WCCUSD schools lack anti-bullying plans?

Recently, a parent shared with me that their elementary school child was being repeatedly bullied at their WCCUSD school.  This caused me to review any policy documents available on-line, including the School Site Plan.  I also requested policies from some school administrators.  I did find information on "conflict resolution", but not on bullying.  Let's be clear that bullying and conflict are two entirely different matters.  With bullying, there is a victim.  

Such policies are needed not just for punitive or liability purposes.  Policies and procedures drafted for the purpose of addressing bullying are also tools for educating parents, teachers, and children on how to navigate this difficult situation.  This includes parents of bullies, as they probably need guidance, too!  What tools are we using to combat this problem?  Literature?  Theater?  In 2012, the WCCUSD held a theater performance on bullying that was presented at middle and high schools.  That's good stuff, but what have we been doing at the elementary school level?   

Here is an example of an anti-bullying policy from a school in Elk Grove.

The following report says that the California Department of Education has not been monitoring the bullying situation. 

In short, Superintendent Torlakson and the CDE is not protecting our kids from harm, so it is up to us to do so.  So let's see each and every WCCUSD school's commitment to preventing bullying.  Show us your anti-bullying plan today!

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Giorgio C. January 20, 2014 at 06:35 PM
From reading the new Strategic Plan is correct, is it possible no such plan at all currently exists at individual school sites? Nothing at all? Why are we so far behind? From the Strategic Plan: "23.1: Create an Anti-Bullying Plan. The District should facilitate students at each elementary, middle and high school in developing an anti-bullying plan that will be embedded into each master school site plan." The Strategic Plan sets 2015-2016 as the date of completion for this item. Perhaps each school can develop their own plan in the interim. Isn't this one of those items that should get priority status? Kids are being bullied today. Let's help them today!


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