Bullying in schools is of increasing focus for Florida schools, districts, and for the Florida Department of Education. Florida Statute 1006.147, also known as The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act, requires school districts to adopt an official policy prohibiting bullying and harassment of students and staff on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, and through school computer networks.
To assist districts in compliance with the law, the Florida Department of Education's Office of Safe Schools provides guidance to address requirements and expectations of staff, administration, and others. Visit http://www.fldoe.org/safeschools/bullying.asp to learn more or contact us at: (850) 245-0416 or SDFS@fldoe.org.
Below are links to additional information.
The Florida Department of Education's Office of Safe Schools - http://www.fldoe.org/safeschools/bullying.asp
Additionally, the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center (SSSTA) has developed a variety of culturally and linguistically competent products and tools to assist interested stakeholders in addressing these issues and to ensure that schools are safe and supportive environments for all students.
You can utilize training toolkits during staff meetings, training events and conferences.
Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment on Our Nation's School Buses. This training toolkit is made up of two modules to address bullying on school buses. Specifically, it is designed to assist school bus drivers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate on the bus.
Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment in Our Nation’s Classrooms. This training toolkit is made up of two modules to address bullying in classrooms. Specifically, it is designed to assist teachers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate in the classroom.
Get Smart, Get Help, Get Safe. This training toolkit will include one module designed for school staff to address teen dating violence.
StopBullying.gov Launches Spanish Website
StopBullying.gov has launched a new Spanish website: http://espanol.stopbullying.gov/. Like the English-language version, the new site provides teachers, parents and community leaders with the resources they need to prevent bullying. Be sure to explore the new site for research and best practices on cyberbullying, prevention and response!
This site also provides a Spanish-language Bullying Prevention Training Module, in addition to the resources listed below.
Training Module with Speaker Notes – a presentation with suggested talking points, including the latest research to help participants create an action plan for a community event
For more information and resources visit www.StopBullying.gov.