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 (KDE) has provided information
on this website to assist students, parents or guardians, educators, and
community members on the topic of bullying.
Addressing Stigma and Preventing Bullying or Harassment Related to COVID-19
Public health emergencies, like the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), require strength and resiliency from all Kentuckians. Staff and students of our schools and districts are strong, capable, and compassionate. During times like these, it is natural to feel stress and anxiety, which can unfortunately lead to unpleasant effects like stigma about certain people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a detailed page about stigma and resilience that is an excellent resource for schools and districts. Additionally, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has a page devoted to COVID-19 that may be helpful. Please work to ensure that students nor staff members are subjected to bullying or harassing behavior due to concerns about COVID-19, family members who may be self-quarantined, or other groups that may be experiencing stigma including persons of Asian descent, people who have traveled, and emergency responders or healthcare professions. The U.S. Department of Education has issued a letter for educators that provides guidance on how to address bullying and harassment related to COVID-19. For more information please contact Doug Roberts.
How to Prevent Bullying - resources
for schools and districts
How to Get Help -
resources for parents and guardians
Bullying Prevention Spotlight - Kentucky
schools' various bullying initiatives
Bullying Frequently Asked Questions - response to
frequently asked questions about bullying
Bullying Statistics - Statistics on
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
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;
Stop Bullying 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.
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
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
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Dear Colleague Letter: Harassment and Bullying
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Dear Colleague Letter: First Amendment
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Investigative Guidance: Racial Incidents and Harassment Against Students at Educational Institutions
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Protecting the Religious Freedom of All: Federal Laws Against Religious Discrimination
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Harassment Fact Sheet.
Resources available in other languages
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights offers many of its resources in other languages.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination (Aug. 2010) is available in several languages.
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Harassment Fact Sheet is available in Punjabi.