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October is National Bully Prevention Awareness Month

Highlights for Bully Prevention Month and Red Ribbon Week

Our kick off is on October 2, 2017.  Our Folsom Falcons will take a pledge to stand up against bullying and drugs!  Red Ribbon Week is celebrated on October 23-31, 2017. Red Ribbon Week is one of the largest drug prevention campaigns in the country. Our students will put a STOP to Bullying and STOMP out DRUGS during FALCONS PRIDE WEEK in October.

Hillsborough County Public Schools and Folsom Elementary are committed to providing all of our students with an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from bullying. Hillsborough County School District will not tolerate bullying or harassment of any type.  
Hillsborough County School District has created an online reporting system to appropriately identify, report, investigate, and respond to situations of bullying and harassment.

In addition, at Folsom, we have Bully Report Forms available for anyone witnessing or experiencing bullying to fill out and turn in to get help.  These forms are available in the front office and the media center.

What is Bullying?

"Bullying" means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or emotional distress on one or more students. It is defined as any unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual's school performance or participation; and may involve: teasing; threats; intimidation; stalking; cyberstalking; cyberbullying; physical violence; theft; sexual, religious, or racial harassment; public humiliation; or destruction of property.

Any student or student's parent/guardian who believes the student has been or is the victim of bullying or harassment should immediately report the situation to the principal. The student may also report concerns to teachers and other school staff who will be responsible for notifying the Principal.
Generally, one out of three children are bullied at school, in the neighborhood, or online—and one out of three children bully others.

Ending bullying means putting a stop to playground power struggles and expected peer dynamics.  Social aggression is learned—and it can be changed.  Some kids bully because they've been a victim in the past.  Parents can help prevent bullying: talk to your kid a lot, spend time at school, lead by example, make anti-bullying rules at home and look for warning signs.  Advocate for anti-bullying programs that educate kids, have clear rules, focus on peer relations, put adults in hot spots and require a group effort.  All members of a school community — whether they’re kids, parents, or teachers, have a responsibility to help kids who are being bullied.  

Let's put a stop to bullying and speak out against the bullies.

The following websites provide additional information on dealing with bullying.
Thank you for your support with helping to make each student SOAR at Folsom Elementary School.

Ermide Woods
Folsom Elementary
School Counselor
Direct: (813) 987-6755
School Mail Route

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