Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Work Group
In an Act relating to harassment, intimidation and bullying, The Washington State legislature established a work group on anti-bullying and anti-harassment to both help maintain focus and attention on, as well as monitor progress of implementation of harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention and intervention efforts.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Office of the Education Ombudsman have been called on to convene a Work Group on school bullying and harassment prevention to develop, recommend, and implement strategies to improve school climate and create respectful learning environments in all public schools in Washington.
The Work Group includes representatives from the State Board of Education, the Washington State Parent Teacher Association, the Washington State Association of School Psychologists, school directors, school administrators, principals, teachers, school counselors, classified school staff, youth, community organizations, and parents.
The Work Group will submit biennial progress and status reports to the governor and the education committees of the legislature, beginning December 1, 2011, with additional reports by December 1, 2013, and December 1, 2015. The work group will terminate effective January 1, 2016.
The Anti-Bullying Work Group is comprised of members representing a broad range of stakeholder groups from across Washington State.
- Subgroup A – Data Collection
- Subgroup C-D – Curriculum/Best Practice
- Subgroup C-F-G – Training and Professional Development
- Subgroup E – Informing Parents and Families
- Subgroup H - Discipline