• What is Bullying?

    Per LCPS School Board Policy 8250, bullying is the systematic and chronic inflicting of physical hurt or psychological distress on another person. Furthermore, the Code of Virginia § 22.1-276.01 defines bullying as: “any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. ‘Bullying’ includes cyber bullying. ‘Bullying’ does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict”.

    In “kid speak”, bullying is when someone hurts another person’s feelings or body on purpose, and they do so over and over again.

    Standard Operating Procedure: LCPS Bullying Reporting

    Standard Operating Procedure

    PROCESS: Every school principal or their administrative designee will notify the parent/guardian of any student who is involved in an alleged bullying incident of an alleged incident upon learning of such allegation. This includes students who may have been harmed, caused harm, or witnessed the situation.

    This notification will be in the form of a standard bullying response letter to go home to the family either through email or printed to be provided to the family.

    DIVISION: Loudoun County Public Schools

    Responsible Staff Member: School-based Bullying Prevention Coordinator (Principal or Administrative Designee)

    Governing Factors

    School Board Policy: LCPS Policy 8250

    Code of Virginia:  § 22.1-276.01, § 22.1-291.4

    Other: HB 1592 SB 1072