Everyone plays an important part in creating safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments by modeling respectful behaviors every day and reporting disrespectful or bullying behaviors. Chesterfield County Public Schools’ standards for student conduct (School Board policy 4010-R) prohibit bullying, which is defined as: “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma.”
The school system’s anti-bullying program is Promote Respect, which teaches and models respectful expectations and behaviors when interacting with others. All schools use a common language and approach to respond to actions of disrespect, and each school has identified expectations of respect and a procedure to follow if there is a concern of bullying behaviors. Staff members are trained in these expectations before supporting students and informing parents.
It is important for all stakeholders — adults and students — to be informed of Promote Respect expectations and how to respond if they observe or are involved with an act of disrespect or bullying. Everyone is encouraged to be an upstander by safely intervening and following the reporting procedures with the intention of stopping the behavior. Upstanders use three steps to respond to bullying: approach, intervene and follow-up. Parents who are concerned about bullying should contact their student’s school and follow the reporting procedure.