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Monday, June 27, 2016



Bullying: Awareness, Prevention & Intervention    

Nottingham has a comprehensive, school-wide bullying prevention and intervention program.  It is a literature based program for students in grades K-5.  The program is based on the Steps to Respect materials designed for grades 3-5.  This is an evidenced-based program developed by the Committee for Children. The program teaches the 5 R's of bullying: Recognize, Refuse, Report, Record, and Receive. The last R is for adults.  All staff and parents are encouraged to listen carefully to children who report bullying and ask a few basic questions to determine if the situation meets the program's definition of bullying. All intentional disrespectful and bullying behavior is taken seriously (see examples in the policy below).  Nottingham modified the Steps to Respect program to include the entire school.   We ask anyone (students or parents) who are aware of a bullying situation to report it to the classroom teacher, a counselor, or an administrator. Students and parents can report bullying anonymously via a Bullying Report Box or online report form. We also use materials from the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit. For cyber bullying we incorporate a lesson in grade 3 based on the digital citizenship curriculum developed by Common Sense Media. This program is evaluated annually and the report is shared with school and district administrators, the Counseling Program Advisory Committee, and all staff. Statistics about bullying are available at
All staff receive training annually on bullying prevention during preservice week. A letter with the school bullying policy is sent home every fall around Parent-Teacher Conference time. The school celebrates Bullying Prevention Month in October. Nottingham participates in Unity Day http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp Spookley the square pumpkin who was bullied for being different brings the message about bullying to our young learners. http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/toolkits/spookley/
We also do Mix It Up at Lunch Day in late October to remind students to include everyone. 
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It is critical that all students, staff, and parents/guardians use the same definition of what is bullying. Nottingham uses the Steps to Respect definition:
Bullying is unfair and one-sided.  It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.
STEPS TO RESPECT works on four levels: the individual, relationships, schoolwide implementation, and integration into the curriculum. The curriculum teaches the 
5Rs of Bullying:


Recognize– Know what is bullying (and what is not)

Refuse– If you feel safe, stick up for yourself or peer

Report– Bullying is about power and needs adult help to stop it from occurring.  Reporting is not the same as tattling.

Record– It is necessary to document or save any evidence in cyber bullying.

Receive– Staff and parents/guardians need to listen and respond effectively to reports of bullying. 

To learn more about Steps to Respect http://www.cfchildren.org/steps-to-respect
Another resource utilized for Digital Citizenship and Cyber Bullying is Common Sense Media. Students in grades 3-5 are taught:

•Don’t respond or retaliate.

•Block the person who is bullying.

•Save and print bullying messages.

•Talk to a friend.

•Tell a trusted adult

To learn more about  Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cyberbullying
Staff are trained to take all reports of bullying seriously.  If a student, parent, or staff member suspects bullying behavior is occurring a written report is taken. These reports are entered through a Google Form that goes straight to the counselor, Dr. McCormac, who is the Nottingham point of contact for bullying behavior. Students can report bullying to any staff member or report annonyomously on a paper form placed in Bullying Box or online from this site. If it is determined by staff that the behavior is bullying, all parties involved will be coached separately and that process will be documented on a coaching form.  The purpose of coaching is to help students come up with a plan to stop bullying behavior and remain safe. Parents of both the student bullying and the student being bullied are notified if coaching takes place.  A follow-up, generally after a week, is required.  Once the follow-up occurs a copy of the Coaching Form will be provided to Dr. McCormac.
Bullying Report Form (click to go to form)
Students, staff,and parent use this form to report any suspicions of bullying.  The forms will be submitted confidentially to Dr. McCormac's Google Drive. Dr. McCormac is the point of contact at Nottingham for bullying reports. Parents can leave a confidential voice mail at 703-228-2302 for Dr. McCormac.
How should adults respond to bullying?
Adults must "stop it on the spot." When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Read more at http://www.stopbullying.gov/respond/index.html

Nottingham Bullying Prevention Policy


Everyone at Nottingham Elementary School is committed to making our school a safe, caring, and respectful learning community for all students.  We treat others with respect and refuse to tolerate bullying in any form at our school.  We define bullying as follows:


Bullying is unfair and one-sided.  It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.


Examples of bullying can include:


Insults and put-downs

Mean gossip and rumors

Social exclusion

Ganging up on someone

Physically hurting or threatening to hurt someone


Staff at Nottingham will:

  • Teach friendship and other pro-social skills.
  • Praise children for appropriate social behaviors.
  • Set and reinforce clear behavioral expectations.
  • Teach bullying prevention using a literature based curriculum kindergarten – 5th grade.
  • Watch for signs of bullying and address it when it happens.
  • Respond quickly to reports of bullying using the Steps to Respect Four-A Response process.  This includes reports from students, parent/guardians, and those reported anonymously via the “Bullying Box”.
  • When bullying behavior occurs, teachers will coach the person who is being bullied and the person bullied separately.  A Bullying Report Form will be completed and saved by the “coach” in case a similar incident occurs as well as for evaluation purposes.
  • If the same student repeats bullying behavior, the counselor or administrator will “coach” for subsequent incidents.
  • Help a child who is bullying learn alternative behaviors.


Students at Nottingham will remember (STEPS):

            Safety first

            Treat everyone with respect

            Everyone is included

            Protect other’s feelings

            Stand up to bullying


Families in the Nottingham Learning Community will join staff in:

  • Praising children for appropriate social behaviors.
  • Helping children develop positive social relationships.
  • Letting school staff  know if a child reports being bullied.
  • Supervising children according to their developmental level and stop bullying behavior immediately.
  • Helping child who is bullying practice alternative behaviors.


Administrators at Nottingham will:

  • Set and reinforce clear behavioral expectations.
  • Contact parents/guardians about any repeated bullying incidents.
  • Provide on-going support for students, staff, and families to implement a school-wide approach to bullying prevention.
  • Apply consequences for bullying behavior in accordance with APS Policy.
  • Document incidents on the Office Referral Form.

Last Modified on June 10, 2016