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Document helps parents learn about (and prevent) bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in preparation the Office of School Engagement has updated the Poughkeepsie City School District Bullying & Cyberbullying Frequently Asked Questions document created as a resource for the entire PCSD school community to combat a national epidemic, that continues to challenge school districts and school aged children across the country. Federal statistics about bullying in the United States indicate:

  • About 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying nationwide.
  • Nationwide, 19% of students in grades 9–12 report being bullied on school property in the 12 months prior to the survey.

The following percentages of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying in various places at school:

  • Hallway or stairwell (43.4%)
  • Classroom (42.1%)
  • Cafeteria (26.8%)
  • Outside on school grounds (21.9%)
  • Online or text (15.3%)
  • Bathroom or locker room (12.1%)
  • Somewhere else in the school building (2.1%)
  • Approximately 46% of students ages 12-18 who were bullied during the school year notified an adult at school about the bullying.

The Bullying & Cyberbullying Frequently Asked Questions document provides information to help educate and mobilize the school and community stakeholders to become upstanders in combating the epidemic. Access to the document has been provided to all faculty and staff and faculty and staff have been encouraged to share with parents and caregivers of PCSD students.