Bullying Prevention and Intervention

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 in Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as:  “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyberbullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”
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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 >

  • Sexual harassment is unwelcomed advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
  • Hostile environment is unwelcomed conduct that interferes with a student’s school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive environment or atmosphere.

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

USDOE Dear Colleague Letter: Bullying of Students with Disabilities

Evidence-Based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Disabilities

Virginia School Board Association message about bullying

Point of Contact :

Stefan Mascoll, Coordinator
Student Safety and Wellness Office

Contact Information:

Stefan Mascoll, Coordinator
Student Safety and Wellness Office

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month >> More information >

Quick Links:

Actions & Consequences

Ad Hoc Community Committee on Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Update Newsletter


Bullying Prevention

Conflict Resolution & Peer Mediation

Crisis Intervention Services

Fairfax County Youth Survey Information and Parent Letters/Opt-Out Forms

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Information


Peer Mediation Conferences

Prevention Toolkit

Programs and Resources

Resiliency Information and Resources to Support Student Resiliency

Restorative Justice

Student Rights and Responsiblities

Suicide Prevention Brochures

Underaged Drinking Awareness

Violence Prevention & Intervention

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Last Updated

October 30, 2014