Preventing Bullying, Cyberbullying and Retaliation
The Somerville Public Schools (SPS) Bullying Prevention Plan was created over a period of nine months and was informed by comments from parents/guardians and community members, teachers, administrators, community partners and other experts from the PK-12 Student Support Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. SPS submitted its plan for addressing all components of the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying legislation on December 9, 2010.
Following approval of the Plan by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the District began implementing the plan by providing training and information to students, families and staff on
(a) ways they can reduce incidents of bullying, and
(b) resources and services available to them.
On May 3, 2010, the Massachusetts legislature passed a comprehensive law intended to prevent bullying, cyberbullying and retaliation in schools. The complete text of Chapter 92 of the Acts of 2010, AN ACT RELATIVE TO BULLYING IN SCHOOLS can be found on the website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Bullying Prevention Resources and Links
These brochures outline the District's bullying prevention and intervention plan, and give explicit details on (a) how to report allegations of bullying, cyberbullying, and retaliation, and (b) what a family can expect when a report has been made.
- It's My Life/PBS Kids GO! Youth-oriented information about understanding what bullying is, who bullies are and how to handle difficult situations.
- Kids Against Bullying Youth-focused bullying prevention resources - including polls, contests, videos, kids pages - compiled and manged by the Pacer center National Bullying Prevention Center.
- Middlesex Partnerships for Youth Middlesex Partnerships for Youth is the public education arm of the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney. Their website include links to myriad websites that address bullying, cyberbullying and related topics. Include some sites more suitable for law enforcement officers, teachers, health professionals, parents/guardians and other responders.
- Summary of Bullying Prevention Resources from several US Government Agencies Findyouthinfo.gov provides summaries of youth development and health resources from many different government agencies. This link directs you to several resources related to bullying prevention and intervention.
- Prevention Education in the Somerville Public Schools The Somerville Public Schools offers social competency instruction in all grades PK-8 using the Al's Pals, Second Step and Open Circle programs.
- Stop Bullying Now Campaign of the federal government to engage students and adults in creating cultures where bullying is not acceptable. Includes youth-centered web-based activites.
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Links to legal, educational and community information and resources provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE).
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bullying prevention resources screened/approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- Netsmartz Kids The kid portal of Netsmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, offers a cybersafety curriculum used in the Somerville Public Schools. Also includes activities for tweens, teens, and parents/guardians.
- Netsmartz Tweens The Tween portal of Netsmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, offers a cybersafety curriculum used in the Somerville Public Schools. Also includes activities for children, teens, and parents.
- Netsmartz Teens The teen portal of Netsmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, offers a cybersafety curriculum used in the Somerville Public Schools. Also includes activities for children, tweens and parents/guardians.
- Netsmartz Parents The parent portal of Netsmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, offers a cybersafety curriculum used in the Somerville Public Schools. Also includes activities for children, tweens and teens.
- Stop Cyberbullying.org Materials to support the Wired Kids campaign to eliminate cyberbullying.
- Internet Safety for Teens Adult-oriented articles and discussions about keeping teens and young adults safe on the Internet and in other social networking forums. Topics including strategies for installing safety controls on Facebook, tools for monitoring Internet use, etc.
- Cyberbullying Fact Sheet and Link The Massachusetts Attorney General offers information, fact sheets and additional links intended to promote cybersafety at school and at home.
Special Needs Resources
- Bullying and Children with Special Needs Informational fact sheet offered by the Federation of Children with Special Needs
Anonymous Reporting of Bullying, Cyberbullying, and/or Retaliation
Please use the secure form below to report an incident(s) of bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation.
If you prefer you can also file an anonymous report of bullying, cyberbullying or retaliation by leaving a voice mail at the Somerville Public Schools' bullying hotline (617) 629-5222 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to send an email report please consider using an email account that does not identify you by name.
The Director of Student Services will begin a preliminary investigation of this anonymous report as soon as it is received. If necessary the Principal/designee of the School(s) being affected by the incident(s) you are reporting here.
Please be aware that we will not administer any disciplinary actions solely on the basis on an anonymous report. There are consequences for making a false allegation of bullying.
If you want help filling out this form please contact the Parent Information Center at (617) 625-6600 x6962. If no one is there to answer the phone please leave a message and someone will return your call right away. Thank you!