Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways. A culture of acceptance and creation of safe opportunities to discuss concerns is actively developed through class meetings, interactions, and relationships with caring adults.
Bullying is defined in the Students Rights and Responsibilities as: Physical or psychological harassment on the part of one or more students toward another. Principals base consequences for bullying on the specific circumstances of the situation, and have the discretion to consider the age of the students, intent, and other factors. Read more >
Students are taught about bullying as part of the health and counseling curriculum using age appropriate language and examples. The curriculum expands as the students get older and more mature. The lessons help students better recognize bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or a hostile environment, and to report them if they experience or witness these behaviors.
Bullying is physical, verbal, emotional teasing, or intimidation that occurs over a period of time
Bullying includes encouraging other students to exclude or shun another student
Cyber-bullying is defined as the use of technology (e.g. e-mail, texting, social media sites) to degrade or humiliate another person or group. Read more >
Harassment involves emotional abuse and includes verbal or physical threats, physical assaults, bullying and theft of property. Read more >
FCPS collaborates with the office of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) in Fairfax County to ensure that consistent messages about bullying are integrated into activities at after school programs, teen centers, and community centers. NCS has developed a toolkit to address bullying and other issues (drug use, depression, teen dating abuse) which includes resources for parents and/or guardians, and for community groups (scouts, faith youth groups, etc.) to use when working with youth in community activities. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/prevention/toolkit.htm
Clarence Jones, coordinator
Student Safety and Wellness Office
Clarence Jones, Coordinator
Know the Signs of Bullying
is the first step to prevention
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Robin Sheare, Web Development Specialist
March 13, 2012