October is National Bullying Prevention Month. For the second year in a row, the Jefferson Parish Public School System partnered with Families Helping Families for the 5K & Fun Run Against Bullying. I was honored to once again serve as the co-chairman along with Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand. Numerous members of the JPPSS family participated in this worthwhile event. Thank you to the students, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members who participated.
Preventing bullying is more than just a month of awareness in JPPSS. It’s an everyday priority. Developing a welcome, safe, and secure teaching and learning environment is one of the five foundational goals of our JPPSS Strategic Plan 2020. Our strategic plan also calls for the creation of a district-wide anti-bullying advisory committee. Our school leaders have undergone comprehensive training on how to identify and combat bullying. We want all of our students to attend schools with a warm, welcoming, and encouraging culture.
Students also have a voice on our campuses. One of the ways we encourage this is by educating students on the role they play in creating a safe and supportive climate. We recently held a training session for our student climate teams from schools across Jefferson Parish. I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and speak with some of these young campus leaders. They were very candid about the challenges they face socially, and how our school leaders can help create the most supportive environment possible.
Even with our best efforts, bullying is a nationwide problem faced by every school system. If you or someone you know is the victim of bullying, please reach out to that child’s teacher or the school principal. Here in JPPSS, you can also fill out the Bullying Report Form found under the “Parents” heading in the footer of our district website, jpschools.org.