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Kentucky Center for School Safety urges community involvement to stop bullying in schools

October is Bullying Prevention Month and the Kentucky Center for School Safety is proud to announce this year’s Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 15-21, 2017.

The theme of the month: “Get Involved and Get it Solved, STOP the Bullying!”

KCSS believes that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week.

Those who use bullying behavior in school thrive on intimidation, humiliation and secrecy. They count on the silence of bystanders and students who are victimized. During Kentucky Safe Schools Week, every student, every educator and all staff members will be asked to “Roll up your sleeves and lace up your shoes,” and “Get Involved” in activities to reduce the bullying at their schools.

There are many ways that students, staff and community members can participate, from educating others about the seriousness of bullying to self-examination of one’s own actions when bullying occurs.

Learning to solve these issues can be as easy as leaving an online tip. By using the anonymous tip line, students can “Get Involved” without fear of retaliation. The Kentucky Center for School Safety offers to partner with schools and provide a “free” online reporting tool, the S.T.O.P! TIPLINE.

The tip line encourages students, parents or community members, who know of an unsafe situation in school, to anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using a digital format.

The tipline can be found at www.kycss.org.

Getting involved may be volunteering to put up posters in the school halls and on community bulletin boards. It may be noticing a lonely student and asking him/her to eat lunch with you. The online “Get Involved…Pledge Against Bullying” encourages involvement and invites students, staff and communities to pledge against bullying.

For Kentucky Safe Schools Week the KCSS website supplies a variety of teaching aids along with the online pledge and Kentucky Safe Schools Week Tool Kit is loaded with resources such as daily announcements, activity pages, PowerPoint presentations, lessons, videos, scenarios, interactive websites and much more. Resources will also be available for school administrators, parents and community involvement.

The Kentucky “Get Involved, Get it Solved, Stop the Bullying!” campaign is sponsored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. This observance coincides with the national campaign. America’s Safe Schools Week is sponsored by the National School Safety Center.

“I support and encourage all Kentuckians to get involved and help solve the bullying issues in the schools across our commonwealth. Joining together, we can make a personal commitment to reduce intimidation and harassment in our schools, while we work to improve culture and build relationships.” said Jon Akers, KCSS director.

From Kentucky Center for School Safety

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