Bullying and Harassment

Published: 11/30/2016 10:51 AM


Bullying is problematic behavior that children experience in Kentucky schools. Bullying can come in a variety of forms such as verbal, social or relational, physical and cyberbullying.  Quite frequently, when a child experiences a form of bullying, parents and/or school personnel need assistance in identifying possible solutions. The Kentucky Department of Education has provided information on this website to assist students, parents or guardians, educators, and community members on the topic of bullying.  
 

Click on the following links for additional bullying information:

How to Prevent Bullying
 

How to Get Help 

 

Bullying Prevention Spotlight

Resources to Assist in Promoting More Positive School Climates

On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education joined an event at the White House to both reflect on the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to advance diversity and inclusion as well as explore the ways in which we may continue to further those efforts together. That event built on a number of ongoing efforts. The following is an excerpt of a letter sent as a follow-up from Secretary of Education John King:

Last winter, I joined with former Secretary Arne Duncan to release a joint letter, which issued a “call to action” and provided a list of resources designed to help ensure that our schools and institutions are places where all students feel safe and welcome. As we released a new report Friday titled “Advancing Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education,” we also wanted to share with you again the information and resources contained in that joint letter. In particular, I want to highlight resources that are included in the Addendum to the letter for your use as we continue to work together to ensure that all schools and institutions are environments conducive to learning.

 
Resources to assist school officials, educators, students, families, and communities in promoting more positive school climates include:

• The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments offers tools, training, and technical assistance to schools, institutions of higher education, families, and communities to contend with many factors that affect the conditions for learning and impede the building and maintenance of safe and supportive learning environments, such as bullying, harassment, and violence;

• StopBullying.gov serves as a clearinghouse for all Federal anti-bullying resources and information about State laws and model policies to stop bullying and protect children; and

• The Department of Education has collected resources for immigrants, refugees, asylees, and other new Americans at www.ed.gov/about/overview/focus/immigration-resources.html.

 
Additional resources about bullying and harassment of students on the basis of race, religion, and national origin include:

• U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service, Twenty Plus Things Schools Can Do to Respond to or Prevent Hate Incidents Against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs;

• U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Checklist for a Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Harassment;

• New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, Anti-Bullying Instructional Resources; and

• U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service, Programs for Managing School Multicultural Conflict.

 
Federal resources describing students’ rights and schools’ obligations under Federal laws addressing bullying and harassment on the basis of race, religion, and national origin include:

• U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Dear Colleague Letter: Harassment and Bullying (Oct. 26, 2010);

• U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Dear Colleague Letter: First Amendment (July 28, 2003);

• U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Investigative Guidance: Racial Incidents and Harassment Against Students at Educational Institutions (Mar. 10, 1994);

• U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination (Aug. 2010);

• U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Protecting the Religious Freedom of All: Federal Laws Against Religious Discrimination (Aug. 2015); and

• U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Harassment Fact Sheet.

 
Some of the resources above are available in other languages:

• U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights offers many of its resources in other languages at www.ed.gov/ocr/docs/howto-index.html;

• U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination (Aug. 2010) is available in several languages at http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications;

• U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Harassment Fact Sheet is available in Punjabi at www.justice.gov/crt/about/edu/documents/eosaapimassapunjabi.pdf; and

• The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and its partners have translated basic information from StopBullying.gov into several AAPI languages at https://acttochange.org/#resources.
 
Victoria Fields
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Student Success
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772
Fax (502) 564-7820