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Kaneland schools inviting community to forum on bullying

Updated: October 4, 2012 6:04AM

The Kaneland School District will host a community forum later this month on its anti-bullying efforts.

The forum will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.

The Kaneland School Board last year implemented new, comprehensive bullying protocols that more clearly define bullying and the response for intervention once a complaint is reported.

Superintendent Jeff Schuler said there has been a “groundswell” of support by parents interested in raising attention to the subject.

“We have received a number of inquiries and heard concerns from people expressing an interest in raising awareness on bullying prevention,” Schuler said.

“We want to take the opportunity to provide information on what the district is doing, the challenges we recognize and what we continue to focus on,” Schuler said.

Schuler said the district has been responding and intervening in bullying issues for many years, but a year ago a group was established to develop a system-wide intervention model for all grade levels.

Schuler said the district has developed an intervention and prevention plan that identifies how it responds when a student, parent or someone in the community brings forward concerns they think might involve bullying.

“We have found things out there in the research that don’t work when it comes to responding to bullying,” Schuler said.

“One that is often highlighted is that zero-tolerance doesn’t work. You can’t just have a single scripted response,” the superintendent said.

He said the district this year will focus on prevention efforts and on communicating how incidents can be reported. The new anti-bullying procedures appeared in this school year’s Student Handbook.

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