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October 2020 is VSBA Bullying Prevention Month



WHEREAS, school bullying has become an increasingly significant
problem in the United States and Virginia; and


WHEREAS, over twenty percent of the youth in the United States are
estimated to be involved in bullying each year, either as a bully or as
a victim; and


WHEREAS, students who experience bullying are at increased risk for
depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and
dropping out of school; and


WHEREAS, bullying can take many forms, including verbal, physical,
and most recently in cyberspace, and can happen in many places on
and off school grounds; and


WHEREAS, it is important for Virginia parents, students, teachers, and
school administrators to be aware of bullying, and to encourage
discussion of the problem as a school community; and


WHEREAS, the VSBA has developed a model policy on anti-bullying
to encourage positive behaviors and to eliminate bullying behaviors;


Now, THEREFORE, the Virginia School Boards Association
recognizes the month of October 2020 as VSBA Bullying Prevention
Month, with the intention that the issue of bullying and its prevention
be discussed in Virginia schools and classrooms during that time.


CLICK HERE to view the VSBA video.

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