If you were frustrated with your school district's inability to address bullying either on the individual level or school-wide, summer is a great time to get your committee started.
In our book, "When Your Child Is Being Bullied:Real Solutions", we devote a couple of chapters to the topic of building an anti-bulllying program from scratch or enhancing one that exists currently.
Frequently only time, dedication and passion is needed, not money to build a program.
The keys to a successful effort are:
1. Develop a committee of concerned and interested folks before you present the idea of either building or enhancing an antibullying program to the superintendent and school board
2. The committee should be well rounded:
- MID-LEVEL ADMINISTRATORS ( ASST PRINCIPALS)
- GUIDANCE COUNSELORS
- SOCIAL WORKERS/CHILD PSYCHOLOGISTS
- COMMUNITY LEADERS
- BULLYING EXPERTS OF ANY KIND OR LEVEL
-MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA
3. Be respectful and collaborative with school leaders, the superintendent and school board. Schools are busy, stressful places with many demands on their time.
4. Be passionate, stay focused and be an extremely pleasant nuisance.
5. Put together a plan and then meet with the school leadership, superintendent and school board.
Take the summer months to do the above and your program will be more readily accepted.
To learn the specific steps, resources and details needs to build a program, see solutionsforbullying.com or amazon.com to purchase our book, "When Your Child Is Being Bullied: Real Solutions", which outlines an easy to follow detailed path to a program that works.