Ask Your Principal for Best Practices

How Knowing Best Practices Can Help You Provide Safety in Your Child’s School.

When defined, a best practice is known as a technique, method, process, activity or incentive which has proven to be most effective in providing a certain outcome. -- The Best Practice Network

Best practices are not statute; they are often provided by national organizations, associations and by government to serve as a guide for quality service provision and industry or public expectations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has provided two resources to guide schools, parents and communities to prevent bullying:
• Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention - PDF
• Preventing Bullying

In the case of bullying prevention, best practices involve multiple activities that are coordinated and comprehensive and work together to make a real difference in stopping ongoing bullying and preventing new bullying in schools.

Unfortunately, many schools are not using best practices. Possibly they are not aware of the recommendations; possibly they are implementing only their state laws. State laws are not the same as best practices. Many times state laws are inadequate compared to best practices.

The Bully Police provides information on bullying prevention laws in each state. Visit this site and find your state’s bullying prevention statutes. You will see the grade given your state’s bullying prevention laws and how it compares to the other states.

If you are a concerned parent and you want to stop bullying and prevent future bullying, these things will help you after you have reported the bullying to the teacher and the principal. These things will help you know what to ask for in later talks with the administrators:

• Know your state laws

• Know best practices

• Print off and discuss with the principal and superintendent the state law and HRSA’s Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention and Preventing Bullying suggestions and review what is being implemented. Ask that they all be implemented school-wide.

• In states that have strong statutes, the law is on your side. In states that do not have a law or have weak laws, the most important thing in stopping and preventing school bullying at your child’s school is to discuss with the principal, superintendent and community leaders the benefit of implementing HRSA’s Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention and Preventing Bullying suggestions in your child’s school.

• This is not a selfish act. This will benefit not only your child, but all students on campus, including all other students who may be suffering from bullying. Every student on campus, their families, the community and all the teachers will benefit from your concern and your action for safety.