October is Bullying Prevention Month. The School District of Palm Beach County recognizes the importance of building awareness and providing education to support Bullying Prevention Month, and encourages District-wide activities that remind everyone of the importance of fostering a positive and supportive school climate at all District schools.
This year’s activities include:
- Unity Day on Wednesday, October 25. On this day, students and staff are encouraged to Wear ORANGE! Together against bullying – United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion
- Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Tuesday, October 31. Mix It Up at Lunch Day is being implemented at schools throughout the country, and is a day to encourage students and employees to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
“Our goal is to extend our campaign efforts to promote kindness, compassion and empathy well beyond the month of October with initiatives that align with our strategic plan,” said Kim Mazauskas, the District’s Resource Teacher for Bullying Awareness.
The Department of Safe Schools has developed an extensive list of resources for administrators, principals and teachers to assist their efforts to improve school climate, reduce bullying and other forms of mistreatment, foster dialogue, and discuss the promotion of positive interpersonal behaviors in both learning and workplace environments. For more information, go to: https://www.palmbeachschools.org/safeschools/bullying_awareness_sy17/. The Florida Department of Education website also offers tips on bullying prevention on their website: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/safe-healthy-schools/safe-schools/bullying-prevention.stml.
Students throughout the District have already shown their commitment to creating an inclusive environment on their campuses. Check out how students at Boca Raton Community High School created the “We Dine Together” club so no student eats lunch alone.