The District School Board does not view bullying conduct or its consequences on the victims of bullying as a normal part of growing up to which district students should be subjected. The Board finds that the harmful consequences to student victims of bullying include, but are not limited to:
- Negative impact on students’ grade because of victims’ concern over bullying and inability to focus on learning
- Absenteeism, truancy and dropping out in order to avoid an environment of bullying
- Psychological impacts on victims’ self-esteem and feelings of isolation, resulting in withdrawal and/or depression
- Creation of a dangerous educational environment where victims physically fight back in response to perpetrators, or bring weapons or dangerous objects to school for protection from perpetrators
- Long-term consequences for victims in terms of anxiousness, insecurity and/or depression.
The harmful consequences of bullying described above and other detrimental impacts resulting from bullying are significant and negatively influence students’ ability to learn. The Board believes that the district and it’s schools are responsible for creating a safe learning environment for all students and must work proactively to prevent bullying so that detrimental impacts on student learning and attendance do not result.
This initial project of the countywide Student Mental Health and Wellness Plan allows school districts in Sacramento County to focus on a school-based bullying prevention program and establish the infrastructure that will support expansion of bullying prevention efforts throughout the district including future implementation of additional strategies that promote student mental health and provide early interventions for students and families who need them.
What is Bullying?
Could My Child be Bullying other Kids?
What Do I Do if My Kid is being Bullied?
District Policies on Bullying
Please take the time to browse around the this website. Sacramento County Bullying Prevention.
You will find many sources to help talk with your children about bullying. Your kids need the tools to help protect themselves against bullies, now or in the future. You will find tips on how to help their friends, promote a positive and encouraging environment, steps to take if your child is being bullied, recommendations if you think your child is bullying other kids (or has been accused of it), and many other resources. It takes more than just teachers and administrators to make this work. We need to partner together, parents and school, to make the school environment the best possible place for all our children to get a great education. Together, as a community we can help make Arlene Hein Elementary Bullying-Free.