Bully Prevention Resources

  • Estes Park R-3 Schools follow the philosophy of the Colorado Department of Education's (CDE) mission on the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).  PBIS is to establish and maintain effective school environments that maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners in Colorado. Click here for more information on  PBIS via the Colorado Department of Education .

    Current Legislation (per CDE): 
    Colorado passed House Bill 11-1254 concerning measures to reduce the frequency of bullying in schools. According to HB 11-1254, "Bullying" means any written or verbal expression, or physical or electronic act or gesture, or pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate, or cause any physical, mental, or emotional harm to any student. "Bullying" is prohibited against any student for any reason, including but not limited to any such behavior that is directed toward a student on the basis of his or her academic performance; or against whom federal and state laws prohibit discrimination upon any of the bases described in section 22-32-109 (1)(11)(l). -See more at:  http://www.cde.state.co.us/pbis/bullying/index#sthash.UrRCorTY.dpuf  

    Best Practices for Bully Prevention and Intervention (Per CDE):

    • Commit to creating and sustaining a positive school environment in your school.
    • Form or identify existing team to coordinate bully prevention efforts
    • Regularly assess and monitor prevention efforts (e.g. climate survey and behavioral incident data)
    • Garner staff, parent, and community support and build partnerships
    • Establish or revise and enforce school policies and procedures related to best practices in bullying prevention and intervention
    • Increase active adult supervision in "hot spots" where bullying occurs
    • Intervene immediately, consistently, equitably, and appropriately when bullying behavior occurs
    • Dedicate class time to teaching and empowering students in bullying awareness and skills in prevention, appropriate intervention, and reporting
    • Utilize culturally responsive strategies, and skills that are inclusive and enhance communication and relationship building.
    • Continue to implement, update, and monitor these efforts over time.
    1.  Commit to creating and sustaining a positive school environment in your school.
    2.  Form or identify existing team to coordinate bully prevention efforts
    3.  Regularly assess and monitor prevention efforts (e.g. climate survey and behavioral incident data)
    4.  Garner staff, parent, and community support and build partnerships
    5.  Establish or revise and enforce school policies and procedures related to best practices in bullying prevention and intervention
    6.  Increase active adult supervision in "hot spots" where bullying occurs
    7.  Intervene immediately, consistently, equitably, and appropriately when bullying behavior occurs
    8.  Dedicate class time to teaching and empowering students in bullying awareness and skills in prevention, appropriate intervention, and reporting
    9.  Utilize culturally responsive strategies, and skills that are inclusive and enhance communication and relationship building.
    10.  Continue to implement, update, and monitor these efforts over time.

    According to HB 11-1254, "Bullying" means any written or verbal expression, or physical or electronic act or gesture, or pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate, or cause any physical, mental, or emotional harm to any student. "Bullying" is prohibited against any student for any reason, including but not limited to any such behavior that is directed toward a student on the basis of his or her academic performance; or against whom federal and state laws prohibit discrimination upon any of the bases described in section 22-32-109 (1)(11)(l). - See more at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/pbis/bullying/index#sthash.UrRCorTY.dpuf
    According to HB 11-1254, "Bullying" means any written or verbal expression, or physical or electronic act or gesture, or pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate, or cause any physical, mental, or emotional harm to any student. "Bullying" is prohibited against any student for any reason, including but not limited to any such behavior that is directed toward a student on the basis of his or her academic performance; or against whom federal and state laws prohibit discrimination upon any of the bases described in section 22-32-109 (1)(11)(l). - See more at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/pbis/bullying/index#sthash.UrRCorTY.dpuf
     

    In addition to these strategies, our middle school has adopted two curriculums to help students learn effective strategies:  Friendly Schools Plus, grades 6-7,  and Commonsensemedia.org lessons in grades 6-8.  If you have additional questions and/or concerns please contact the Administrators or School Counselors at your school.