1. What should I do if my child is being bullied at school?

Gather the Facts: Talk to your child.  Encourage him/her to tell you what happened.  Ask questions about who was involved, who witnessed the incident, who was told what happened, where the incident occurred, when it occurred, and what was or was not done.  Listen to your child and compile a chronological list of the information.

Read the school and district policies and procedures regarding bullying.  Become familiar with how the school documents and investigates reported incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying per Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) §15-341 (A)  (37).

Talk to the School: Contact the school and learn who you should speak to about the situation.  Arrange for you and your child to meet with the appropriate person. Bring the list of bullying incidents with you.  Document who you meet with and what is discussed.  Work with your child and school personnel to find out what your child needs in order to feel safe. Review the school and district bullying policies and procedures with school personnel and ask what specific actions will be taken to ensure the bullying does not continue.

Follow Up: Schedule a follow-up meeting to review the progress made so far.  If additional support is needed, ask to meet with a school counselor or school social worker.  In some cases it may be necessary to bring the matter to the attention of the school principal, the district office, the district superintendent, or the local school board.  Law enforcement should be contacted if an assault, a serious injury, or other criminal offense occurs.  Schools are responsible for teaching and protecting all students on their campuses