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    Posted on 09/29/2017
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    Helping Schools Stop Bullying

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is dedicated to the safety and security of all our students, including keeping them safe from harassment, intimidation, and bullying. That dedication has translated into the creation of numerous, integrated supports for students, families, and staff. For the 2017-18 school year, the district is adding another tool in our efforts to keep students safe from bullying. 

    SPS is taking part in a pilot program with, through a grant from Google to try to stop cyberbullying on social media. is a service schools subscribe to, then email or call when they need help with student cyberbullying on social media. staff review the content to determine if it violates terms of use, then work with companies like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and others to get the content deleted.

    It is important to note the final decision to delete any content rests with the company that owns the social media app. staff rely on their longstanding relationships with social media companies to work with them to stop cyberbullying.


    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

    28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.

    20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.

    9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.

    15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year.

    Only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying.

    District Programs

    In addition to Seattle Public Schools Policy 3207 and Superintendent Procedure 3207SP.A, which describe the prohibition and procedures the district uses when addressing allegations that a student may be experiencing harassment, intimidation, or bullying, SPS draws on an integrated approach to support students in this area.



    RULER, which stands for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating, is a social-emotional literacy curriculum developed by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Early Learning spearheaded the adoption of this curriculum, which is now in use at 50 Seattle Public Schools elementary and middle schools.

    Second Step: Steps to Respect

    Many schools in the district teach the Second Step: Steps to Respect K-5 curriculum that includes a series of teaching steps through books, software, and DVD’s, that foster safety and well-being of children by teaching them to recognize, report, and refuse bullying.

    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

    PBIS is a process and set of resources for creating school environments that are more predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals. Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.

    Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTTS)

    MTSS encompasses both the academic and social-emotional-behavioral demands of learning. The district has made a shift in practice to emphasize integration of both academics and behavior as critical to student success. MTSS emphasizes the system of support, rather than interventions and is a key part of the SPS Formula for Success to support all learners and ensure equitable access to a robust, high quality education. MTSS provides a structure to address individual needs to maximize learning potential.

    School Safety Center

    The district partners with many community organizations and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide students, families, and schools with tools to address harassment, intimidation, and bullying. OSPI provides a robust toolkit for partners and families on their School Safety Center webpage.

    What should you do if you are harassed, intimidated, or bullied?

    All concerns about harassment, intimidation, and bullying should first be reported to a school administrator (Principal or Assistant Principal). Reports can be made verbally or in writing. Reports can also be made using the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Incident Reporting Form. Copies of the HIB Incident Reporting Form should be given to both the School Principal and to the district's HIB Compliance Officer.