Kansas First Annual Anti-Bullying Awareness Week: October 3-7, 2011
Statement from the Kansas State Board of Education
Serious Nature of Bullying
February 8, 2011
The Kansas State Board of Education believes in providing physically safe and emotionally secure environments for all Kansas students and school staff. The State Board recognizes bullying as a serious issue that creates a negative school environment and inhibits students' ability to learn. For this reason, the State Board supports current state statute requiring each local board of education to adopt and implement a plan to address bullying, including a provision for the training and education of school staff members and students. Each plan should include a method to report incidents of bullying. The State Board encourages Kansas schools to include in their plan a framework for appropriate responses to bullying activities that reinforces and encourages positive conduct and ensures the safety of all students.
Proposed Resolution for Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
The State Board also voted to forward to the Governor and/or Legislature a proposed resolution on designating a week in October of each year as Anti-Bullying Awareness Week. The proposed resolution is shown below:
Proposed Resolution to Establish Anti-Bullying Awareness Week in Kansas
February 8, 2011
WHEREAS, The State of Kansas recognizes its responsibility to ensure physically safe and emotionally secure environments for all Kansas students and school staff; and
WHEREAS, Bullying creates a climate of fear among students, inhibiting their ability to learn and contributing to other anti-social behavior; and
WHEREAS, It is important that we acknowledge and heighten awareness about the serious issues and the negative effects of bullying; and
WHEREAS, The Kansas Legislature has required local boards of education to adopt and implement plans to address bullying on and while utilizing school property, including a provision for the training and education of staff members and students; and
WHEREAS, Bullying is a communitywide issue and students, families, and educators all have a role in addressing bullying situations and changing school culture; and
WHEREAS, October has been designated National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the first full week of October of each year beginning with October 2011 be designated Anti-Bullying Awareness Week in Kansas as a symbol of our commitment to ensuring safe and nurturing school environments.