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Bullying

In compliance with RSA 193-F:6,II, below is the Department’s Annual Report of Substantiated

Bullying and Cyberbullying in the schools. The report includes the number and type of incidents broken down by Elementary, Middle School and High School.

For Educators

Data concerning restraints and seclusions, harassment, bullying, student discipline, school safety and truancy can be found on the School Safety Data Collection page. In furtherance of its responsibilities as outlined in RSA 193-F:6,II, the Department of Education assists the school districts with recommended actions to address identified problems with pupil safety and violence prevention by responding to and assisting constituents and school districts regarding alleged bullying and cyberbullying incidents at the school district level.

The Bureau of Student Wellness, Office of Social and Emotional Wellness, provides technical assistance and resources to New Hampshire schools to support prevention efforts, including in the areas of bullying and violence. BSW-OSEW offers trainings, technical assistance and tools for schools/districts to use to plan and implement a student wellness initiative that promotes a positive school climate and culture. Current efforts are underway to expand bullying prevention technical assistance offerings to include: bullying policy monitoring and best practices; data analysis on bullying statistics, bullying prevention strategic planning and restorative practices to support the victims and the offenders of bullying; and educational opportunities and support for families.

Additionally, the Governor's Office and the Department of Education are working with the Jesse Lewis ChooSELove Movement to make New Hampshire's schools safer by expanding social and emotional learning (SEL) programs in schools at all levels statewide. This powerful program changes school culture and climate and creates healthier communities. It is a omprehensive lifespan program including: Infant/Toddler, Grades PreK- Grade 12, a Home program, Community program, and an Athletes/Coaches program as well. In order to overcome obstacles preventing schools, families and communities from being able to access a comprehensive SEL program, which teaches how to have healthy and positive relationships; how to manage emotions; how to be resilient; and how to make responsible decisions, it has been made available at no cost. Additionally, presentations and workshops are provided state-wide as well as support/collaboration for best implementation practice to meet the needs of each district.

The Department of Education was contacted 62 times by constituents regarding alleged bullying and cyberbullying complaints from July 2018 to June 2019. Each time constituents contacted the Department of Education regarding an alleged bullying or cyberbullying complaint, the Department worked with the local school district in question to provide technical assistance.

Student Assistance Program (SAP) - NH SAP counselors served more than 10,000 kids in 2016, helping youth with various social issues, such as bullying, dating violence, and peer pressure. The program has grown from five schools in 2013 to more than 40 today.

FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Through the Youth Topics series, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs provides information, strategies, tools, and resources for youth, families, schools and community organizations related to a variety of cross-cutting topics that affect youth.

TIGER (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility) at Plymouth State University is a non-profit professional educational theatre company designed to help children, schools, parents, and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today, including bullying. TIGER offers performances for grades K-8 in schools throughout New England as well as student and teacher workshops. Contact Trish Lindberg, Artistic Director at [email protected] or Pam Irish, Tour Manager at [email protected].

In September 2010, the It Gets Better Project was founded when the original it gets better video was created and posted to YouTube. Jeremy GT Reuschling found out about this cause and wanted to be a part of it. View Jeremy's video on YouTube.

Resources

Disclaimer: The NH Department of Education provides links as a service to educators and others seeking useful information relating to education. Some sites offer information free of charge; others charge a fee. The New Hampshire Department of Education takes no responsibility for the content, quality, or cost of materials available through any outside site.

There are a number of ways parents, teachers, and caregivers can help combat bullying, which is especially important for kids with cerebral palsy, who may not be able to properly defend themselves. A 2010 study provided by Gate Path, a non-profit organization, indicated that although bullying disabled children typically starts out just like bullying anyone else, the impact is far more severe.

To report a bullying incident:

Stephen W. F. Berwick
Coordinator, Dispute Resolution, and Constituent Complaints
(603) 271-2299
[email protected]