• Bullying Prevention
    Loudoun County Public Schools has implemented a county wide bullying prevention program to teach our students how to identify bullying behavior and appropriate ways to handle bullying.  Legacy Elementary is implementing this program in grades K-5 guidance lessons and activities.
    What is Bullying?
    Bullying is any act of aggression in the form of:
    • hitting or punching (physical bullying)
    • teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying)
    • intimidation using gestures or social exclusion (emotional bullying)
    • sending insulting messages by phone or computer (cyberbullying)
    Bullying is behavior that is:
    • Repeated
    • Intentional
    • Has an imbalance of power
    "Stop, Walk, Talk"
    Every LCPS student will be taught how to respond to bullying behavior. This 3 step program is called "Stop, Walk, Talk". School counselors will incorporate bullying awareness activities into their classroom guidance lessons throughout the school year.
    1. STOP-Students are taught that if they experience or observe bullying behavior, they should tell the perpetrator to "stop".
    2. WALK-Sometimes, even when students tell others to "stop", the problem behavior continues.  When this happens, students are to "walk" away from the problem behavior.
    3. TALK- Even when students use "stop" and they "walk" away from the problem, sometimes the problem behavior still continues.  When that happens, students should "talk" to a trusted adult about what is happening.
    * Parents: Please contact Legacy's administrators (Mrs. O'Hara, Mrs. Crowley, or Mrs. Wheedleton) or your child's school counselor (Mrs. Barley: Grades K, 1, 2; Mrs. Shaw: Grades 3, 4, 5) if you feel that your child is experiencing bullying. We can be reached during school hours at 703-957-4425 or by email.

    Suggested Resources:

    The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have launched a redesigned Stop Bullying website (www.stopbullying.gov) to encourage children, parents, teachers and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying. The website has a map with information on state laws and policies and videos for young people, along with practical strategies for schools and communities to make sure that environments are safe. It also includes suggestions on how parents can discuss bullying with their children and information on the dangers of cyber bullying and ways to prevent it.