Thursday, September 19, 2013

Have you turned in your bullying prevention policy?

Maggie Riden of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates and Suzanne Greenfield, Director of the Citywide Bullying Prevention Program in the Office of Human Rights gently nudged nonprofit community-based organizations and schools today, reminding them their bullying prevention policies are due.   Well, they were due September 14.

Humor me and press play.

But I hear that OHR will accept the policies and levy no penalties so long as the policies are submitted soon.   The Riden-Greenfield email reminder is here:

Time to Turn in those Bullying Prevention Policies!

On June 22, 2012, Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed into law the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012, unique legislation that challenges the District as a whole to address and work to eradicate bullying. The Act requires that all agencies, organizations or grantees who provide services to youth on behalf of, or with funding from, the District of Columbia to adopt a bullying prevention policy. If your organization meets these criteria, please email your policy to From there, the Office of Human Rights will be in touch with any next steps.

New to the Bullying Prevention Task Force Efforts?

The Mayor’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force, made up of District government agencies, teachers, school administrators, parents, mental health professionals, direct service providers, advocates, community members and youth created a model policy for agencies and schools to use. I have attached the model policy to this email. The model policy is comprehensive and includes suggested language, best practices, research about what works and what does not, as well as resources to support the work. In other words –the document is very long. But the index is very helpful. And there is even a sample policy included that you can use.

If you work in a school – the school is required to submit a policy and you may want to base your policy on the one they have adopted so that there is a seamless approach.

It will take a district – all working together - to make sure all kids are safe. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

All the Best,
Maggie Riden, DCAYA
Suzanne Greenfield Director, Citywide Bullying Prevention Program, DC Office of Human Rights

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