We are pleased to announce that Governor McAuliffe has proclaimed October 2016 as Virginia Bullying Prevention Month in the Commonwealth. Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide. It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem, and in some cases, school violence. Statistics show that 160,000 children in the United States miss school each day as a result of being bullied. School board members, superintendents, teachers, and parents play a critical role in creating a climate where bullying is not tolerated. It has been proven when adults and children stand together, bullying ends.
The Virginia School Board Association's President Bill Kidd has created a Public Service Announcement on bullying which can be viewed at:
Schools throughout IWCS have activities planned throughout the month to bring awareness to school bullying. We encourage you to speak to your child about the importance of being kind to others and being a friend, not a bully.