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.
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.
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.