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.
The U.S. Department of Education has released a free, two-part training toolkit designed to reduce incidents of bullying, for use by classroom teachers and educators. The toolkit was developed by the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center, supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, in collaboration with the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers.
This training toolkit is made up of two modules that 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.
Addresses how to identify and effectively intervene when bullying occurs (including tips on de-escalation).
Trainer’s Guide, Overview, and Outline (PDF)
Module 1 Trainer Feedback
Considers effective strategies to build a classroom climate where bullying is less likely to occur.
DESIGN TEAM NOTE: This training toolkit was intentionally designed to be offered as a series. The content of each module complements and completes the content contained in the other module. While Module 1 (Understanding and Intervening in Bullying Behavior) addresses how to identify and effectively intervene when bullying occurs (including tips on de-escalation), Module 2 (Creating a Supportive Classroom Climate) considers effective strategies to build a classroom climate where bullying is less likely to occur. It’s our belief that teachers and students alike are best served when BOTH modules are covered with teachers within a short timeframe of one another.
*Please return to this site once you’ve delivered this module and complete a short survey (see trainer feedback form links above) to provide feedback on how this content can be improved in the future.
Florida Department of Education’s
Office of Safe Schools
Research shows that schools are one of the safest places for children to be. The Office of Safe Schools (OSS) works to maintain and enhance this research by providing leadership on current and vital school safety issues. The fundamental goal of the OSS is to help schools foster safe and nurturing learning environments that directly and indirectly facilitate student achievement.
Though recent headlines have brought bullying, suicides, drugs and violence to the forefront of public consciousness, school-based professionals have been addressing these challenges for decades. A key finding from years of research on preventing youth substance use and violence is that students who have a sense of connectedness to their schools are more likely to have positive health outcomes. “Safe and Supportive Schools” foster school connectedness by taking a comprehensive approach to measuring and improving school climate.
To foster positive school climate, student engagement, safety and the school environment is consistently addressed at every level—from the classroom to the lunchroom. The benefits of positive school climate reach far beyond students’ social and emotional wellness. When students feel safe, supported and are equipped with social tools, high academic expectations are met with the students’ personal motivation, which ultimately lead to positive academic outcomes.
In 2008, Florida enacted anti-bullying legislation mandating that Florida school districts create their own state-certified, anti-bullying, anti-harassment policies. Now, every district in Florida has a system in place for identifying and responding to bullying issues.
Bullying behaviors are distinct in that they are systematic and chronic, they can be physical and/or emotional, they are increasingly carried out via electronic devices and they often create an intolerable environment for the victim. Cyber-bullying is perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing schools today as bullying activities that occur during non-school hours, spill over into the school environment.
A collaborative effort by several federal agencies, the website http://www.stopbullying.gov/, is packed with information, including: (1) strategies for preventing bullying; (2) interrupting bullying behaviors when first detected; (3) handling bullying among children with disabilities and special needs; (4) handling bullying among children with perceived or differences in sexual orientation.
A safe school has several components: extensive campus safety measures, drug and violence prevention initiatives, and perhaps most importantly, a school climate that promotes caring relationships. For additional resources on these and other topics such as: teen dating violence, gang prevention, zero tolerance or child abuse prevention, visit http://www.fldoe.org/safeschools/.
The School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) System collects data on 23 incidents of crime, violence, and disruptive behaviors that occur on school grounds, on school transportation, and at off-campus, school-sponsored events, during any 24-hour period, 365 days per year. Incidents are reported by schools to the districts which, in turn, provide the data to the DOE. The annual Statewide Report on School Safety and Discipline Data report includes:
The Florida School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) System Incidents and Resultant Disciplinary Actions Report summarizes the Total Number of SESIR Incidents by schools within each of Florida's school districts and their corresponding Total Matching Disciplinary Actions. The purpose of this report is to provide a detailed picture of the prevalence of crime and violence incidents within schools, districts and statewide as a means of assessing the accuracy of the SESIR and discipline data reported to DOE from each of these sources.
Teen Dating Violence Prevention
Teen Dating Violence is a pattern of emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical abuse used by one person in a current or past dating relationship to exert power and control over another when one or both of the partners is a teenager. Abuse may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, stalking, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse. The abusive partner uses this pattern of violent and coercive behavior to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner. This may also include abuse, harassment, and stalking via electronic devices such as cell phones and computers, and harassment through a third party, and may be physical, mental, or both.
In Teen Dating Violence relationships, there are Three Important Roles:
Statute & Rules:
Florida Statute 1006.148, requires school districts to adopt and implement a policy prohibiting dating violence and abuse by any student on school property, during a school sponsored activity, or during school-sponsored transportation, and providing procedures for responding to such incidents of dating violence or abuse, including accommodations for students experiencing dating violence or abuse.
Florida Statute 1006.148 also requires each school district to provide training for teachers, faculty, staff, and school administrators to implement the dating violence and abuse policies.
Additionally, Florida Statute 1003.42 requires that a teen dating violence and abuse component must be added to the comprehensive health education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12.
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) serves as the professional association for Florida’s 42 domestic violence centers. The mission of FCADV is to work towards ending violence through public awareness, policy development, and support for Florida’s domestic violence centers.
The Florida Department of Education partnered with FCADV to develop resource curricula, including supplementary materials and teacher training, addressing teen dating violence for grades 7 through 12 to satisfy the requirements of Florida Statutes 1006.148 and 1003.42.
The resource curricula were designed to address the core components required by the statute, including:
The teen dating violence prevention curricula are designed for educators to use with seventh through twelfth grade students in a classroom setting. Included below are resource curricula for three age groupings, supplementary materials and teacher training modules to support implementation of the curricula.
Prior to implementation, it is recommended that you read the Introduction for the curriculum you plan to implement in its entirety. In addition, facilitators are encouraged to participate in facilitator training. If you’d like more information about training on domestic and dating violence or technical assistance for facilitating this curriculum, please contact your local certified domestic violence center or email email@example.com. Please visit http://www.fcadv.org/centers/local-centers to find a comprehensive list of Florida’s domestic violence centers.
Web-based training modules are accessible below. The web-based Facilitator Training Modules will provide:
Web-Based Training Modules
Creating Change Module One: Background, objectives and the case for prevention: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=6cfq57
Creating Change Module Two: Teen dating violence facts and dynamics: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=a51l8d
Creating Change Module Three: Responding to teen dating violence, promoting safety for survivors: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=4a89lk
Creating Change Module Four: Prevention and intervention, working together: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=2f5uvq
Creating Change Module Five: What's your role? - Engaging teens and parents in education and prevention: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=3h9bhy
Teen Dating Violence Curricula
It is important to note that this curriculum was created to address fundamental concepts related to dating violence prevention with the understanding that the facilitator may not have an in-depth knowledge of IPV prevention. However, facilitators are encouraged to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of students. If activities or discussions are too advanced, you are invited to adapt the content as appropriate. Likewise, if you or your students are more advanced in your understanding of certain content areas, you are encouraged to make revisions to the curriculum to meet your needs. For additional curriculum resources, please contact your local certified domestic violence center [http://www.fcadv.org/centers/local-centers] or email FCADV’s Prevention Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curricula Introduction Introduction
7th and 8th Grade Curriculum Modules.pdf
9th and 10th Grade Curriculum Modules.pdf
11th and 12th Grade Curriculum Modules.pdf
Dating Matters is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth leaders, and others working to improve the health of teens. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to describe what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it. http://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/datingmatters/