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Report Bullying & Safety Concerns

During the 2013-2014 school year, USD 262 Valley Center Schools put together an anti-bullying task force dedicated to reducing bullying by 20% by the end of the 2015-2016 school year.  We are continuing to collect data through surveys and are hoping to reach our goal. The overall goal is to make sure that every student feels safe in our schools and is able to get a great education.

The first piece our team worked on was making sure that everyone was informed on our anti-bullying policies and procedures.  With that being said, our task-force created the brochure that follows to make sure all patrons know how bullying is dealt with in Valley Center Schools.  You can view this brochure by clicking here.  

We also wanted to make sure that everyone was staying up to date on our committee's work.  We decided the best way to keep people informed of our progress was to create a short video that explained our process.  You can view that video by clicking here.   
 
Our team also created different tools that are currently being used in USD 262.  One item created was the student conflict checklist.  This form is used when students report that another student is bothering them.  By using this checklist we can determine if the incident is a true case of bullying or a peer conflict.  You can view that document by clicking here.

We have also converted that checklist into an online reporting tool that is used by each school in USD 262.  You can access the tool for each school clicking on the corresponding link below and filling out the form.  An e-mail notification will then be sent to that building's principal immediately for them to address the situation.

Valley Center High School Checklist:  Click here
Valley Center Middle School Checklist:  Click here
Valley Center Intermediate School Checklist:  Click here
Wheatland Elementary School Checklist:  Click here
West Elementary School Checklist:  Click here
Abilene Elementary School Checklist:  Click here

Not only has Valley Center worked on bullying prevention but the State of Kansas is also active in preventing bullying.  The Kansas State Department of Education, in partnership with Kansas Children’s Service League, is proud to announce the availability of the Bullying Prevention Hotline. This free, anonymous service is available to provide counsel and resources to those who have questions or concerns about bullying situations
 
The 24-hour hotline can be reached at (1-800-332-6378 or 1-800-CHILDREN). You can also contact the hotline via text or e-mail at 1800children@kcsl.org.
 
Provided through a Safe and Supportive Schools grant, the hotline is staffed by trained professionals and volunteers who listen to each caller’s concerns and seek to provide the caller with resources to assist him or her. In the coming months, you will receive hotline posters that we hope you will post in your schools to ensure students and those who visit your school are aware of the hotline and know the number.
 
The Bullying Prevention Hotline should not be confused with the Kansas School Safety Hotline. The School Safety Hotline should still be used to report potential violent acts at schools. Students who feel unsafe at school could call either hotline; the professionals at the Bullying Prevention Hotline will forward any calls where they feel there is the potential for violence, or that a student may harm him or herself or others to the School Safety Hotline.