Loudoun County Public Schools are continuing a county wide positive behavior intervention to support bullying prevention. We are teaching our students how to identify bullying behavior and appropriate ways to handle bullying.
What is bullying?
Bullying is 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 the victim;
and is repeated over time or cause severe emotional trauma.
"Bullying" includes cyberbullying.
"Bullying" does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.
(Code of Virginia 22.1-276.01)
- Services, School Counseling, then Bullying Prevention
Every LCPS student in grades K-5 will be taught what bullying is and how to respond to bullying behavior. Our three step response program is called, "Stop! Walk! Talk!"
Students will be taught that if they experience or observe bullying behavior they should tell the perpetrator to stop.
Sometimes, even when students tell others to stop, problem behavior continues. When this happens students are to walk away from the problem behavior and take any victims with them.
Even when students use stop and they walk away from the problem, sometimes students will continue to behave inappropriately toward them or others. When that happens, students should talk to an adult.
Parent Tips to Work
What can you expect staff at Ashburn Elementary to do about bullying?
School staff should investigate the bullying immediately. After investigating your concerns, they should inform you as to what they plan to do about it.
Staff should meet with your child to learn about the bullying that he or she has experienced. They should develop a plan to keep your child safe, and they should be watchful for any future bullying, Educators should assure your child that they will work hard to see the bullying stops.
Give the school reasonable time to investigate and hear both sides of the story. The issue will be resolved as soon as possible.