Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
Q. How is the definition communicated to the schools?
A. The Code of Conduct is communicated as part of the Stafford County Public Schools induction activities during the annual opening of school. Each school provides a copy of the Code of Conduct to every student. It is reviewed with students by staff in its entirety. Copies are sent home and parents are asked to review and check off that they have reviewed each specific area and signature that they have received and understand the information. In our Middle School "Learn and Live the Law" curriculum, the SRO's provide intensive instruction on the definition in the Code of Conduct, as well as harassment, threats and cyberbullying. Similarly, students and parents receive this information at the Partners for Safe Teen Driving mandatory meetings.
Q. How do we ensure students are aware that bullying is not permitted?
A. We have become very vigilant in our efforts to minimize, if not eliminate, bullying in our schools. In addition the Code of Conduct SCPS Policy 2404, Anti-Bullying, states "Ongoing instruction is to be provided through Character Education and other instructional programs in the K-12 Stafford County Public Schools curriculum." The Middle School "Learn and Live the Law", the High School "Partners for Safe Teen Driving" programs are integral components of our curriculum. In addition, school personnel receive in-service training in bullying prevention through programs such as Olweus, and the annual review of the Code of Conduct provisions during scheduled in-service days.