December 1, 2008

The 2008 Legislature amended the anti-bullying statute and effective July 1, 2008, requires school districts to:

1) adopt and implement a plan to address cyberbullying, and2) adopt policies prohibiting bullying on school property, in school vehicles, or at school-sponsored activities, and 3) adopt and implement a plan to address bullying, which must include provisions for training and education of staff and students.4) upon request of a school district, the state board shall assist in the development of a grade-appropriate curriculum for character development programs.

USD #329 encourages the reporting of bullying incidents. By using the online REPORTING FORM, all information will be sent first to the superintendent's office and then disseminated to the appropriate building administrator. This allows for one central collection point and will allow at least two administrators to review the incident and determine appropriate action. Please be reminded that situations that occur outside of school need to be addressed by the local police department first. The school online REPORTING FORM is for issues that occur at school, on (in) a school vehicle, or at a school activity. All information will be kept confidential.

NEW Bullying Prevention Hotline

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

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.

It is hoped the Bullying Prevention Hotline will serve as one more resource to assist you in creating a safe and secure environment in your schools.

Letter about a new Anti-Bullying Reporting Form being implemented at USD 329.  LINK TO LETTER 

Resources outside of USD 329:


Kansas Bullying Legislation and more information about prevention programming, including sample bully prevention policies


Bullying policy tools and resources from the health perspective 


Information for families about basic definitions, types of bullying, and statistics of who is at risk 


Policies regarding not just bullying, but also harassment and intimidation (such as hazing) 

Child Mind Institute:

Arming your child against bullying (a preventative approach) 

PACER (National Bullying Prevention Center)

Practical videos to help parents talk about bullying with their children 

Parents concerned about their child showing bullying behavior


Child Mind Institute:

Resources for families who are concerned that their child is bullying others