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CHFS, Kentucky Department of Education partner on framework to improve student care and wellbeing

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) are collaborating on a framework to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of Kentucky’s youth, called Kentucky CARES. Kentucky CARES is a grassroots prevention campaign aimed at addressing the risk and protective factors associated with multiple forms of youth violence in schools, homes and...

Task force recommends four-step approach to change culture of youth bullying in Kentucky

  Gov. Steve Beshear today called on lawmakers and Kentucky’s future leaders to adopt new recommendations for schools, public agencies and communities to stop youth bullying.   Alongside members of the Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force, Beshear gave highlights of the group’s 29-page report, which gives four main recommendations to reduce youth bullying and to help foster safer,...

No More Bullying: Conversation about prevention, intervention begins at home

  This column on bullying in schools will run periodically on KyForward.   By Melissa Martin Special to KyForward     Parents please read this article to your kids and then go to www.stopbullying.gov and watch videos of kids talking about bullying and animated videos. Discuss bullying prevention and intervention with your children often. Invite your kids to read about bullying at...

No More Bullying: Growing problem requires understanding, intervention and prevention

This series on bullying in schools will run periodically on KyForward.   By Melissa Martin Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Department of Education reported 15,520 incidents of bullying during the 2012-13 school year. How do schools in Kentucky prevent and intervene with bullying? Do they help or hinder? What is the bullying policy at your child’s school?   First, let’s look...

Awash in Kindness: Liberty Elementary puts positive spin on bullying prevention month

At Liberty Elementary in Lexington, students are writing personal pick-me-up notes and stashing them in the Wall of Kindness nooks. Fifth-graders pull out the colorful notecards and glue them to the huge, six-paneled display in the main foyer. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   As fifth-grader Aiyana Meeks pasted compliments on the “Anti-Bullying Wall of...