Bullying Prevention & Response Plan

  • On June 28, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Public Act 96-952, titled Prevent School Violence Act (PSVA). The PSVA amends the School Code’s bullying provision by explicitly prohibiting bullying in schools, comprehensively defines bullying behavior, as well as where and when it is prohibited, and expanding the reach of the bullying law to include all private, non-sectarian schools in Illinois.

    Board Policy

    The School Board adopted Policy 7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment, which directs the Superintendent to develop and maintain a bullying response plan that advances the District’s goal of providing all students with a safe learning environment free of bullying and harassment. The School Board reviewed and adopted, at its meeting on September 25, 2018, revisions to The Winnetka Public Schools Bullying Prevention and Response Plan.

    Task Force

    The Superintendent established a Task Force comprised of teachers, parents, and administrators to begin implementation of a plan which

    • creates awareness of what bullying is and how to identify the difference between mean, rude or bullying behavior
    • establishes and communicates to students, parents and staff methods for reporting (paper and electronically) incidents related to bullying behavior. 
    • develops communication protocols for investigating, notifying and resolving incidents reported
    • builds an ongoing dialog with students on bullying awareness and prevention

    Pilot Program

    In the 2015-2016 school year, the Bullying Prevention and Response Plan was piloted throughout the District that educated students on

    How to identify bullying behavior (K-4) (5-8)
    How to report an incident
      • Communication form – in school (K-4) (5-8)
      • Communication form – web based

    The District also piloted investigation and communication templates to establish a Comprehensive Response Plan.

    2016-2017 Anti-Bullying Kick Off

    In fall of 2016 communication templates and response plan protocols were updated following feedback received from the Pilot Program.

    Each of the District’s 5 schools had student representatives develop a video message to stop bullying behavior. These videos were viewed in all classrooms and advisories during the month of October, National Bullying Prevention Month. 


    For those parents interested in seeing the Greeley School Video, please contact Principal Joshua Swanner. Permission was not provided from all parents at Greeley School who had students shown in the video to have it viewed outside of the school environment.