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Bullying & Harassment

What is Bullying?

A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.

How do We Prevent Bullying and Harassment?

Children learn best when they feel safe, respected, and cared for.  


Within NVUSD we are creating a safe learning environment by implementing our BEST Program (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support www.pbis.org).  Our district uses the social emotional curriculum Second Step (grades K-8) and Steps to Respect (grades 3 – 5) to prevent bullying and promote responsible, respectful student behavior. 


Your child is learning how to recognize, refuse, and report bullying when it happens to them or someone else.  They are also learning friendship skills to reduce the risk of being bullied, including how to make friends, join a group and manage conflicts.  School staff have been trained on how to receive a report of bullying from children (Affirm, Ask, Assess, Act) so please do not hesitate to report any concerns to your child's teacher or school principal.

How Can Parents Help?

Our schools work with parents so that our students are safe and happy at school.  There are several warning signs that could indicate that your child is experiencing bullying at school.  Please be on the alert for:

  • An unexpected drop in grades and/or interest
  • Unusual moodiness, depression, anxiety, or crying
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches
  • Loss of appetite or Trouble sleeping
  • Damaged or missing clothing, books, or other belongings
  • Unexpected bruises, cuts or scratches
  • Few or no friends to spend time with
  • Fear of going to school, riding the bus or walking to school
  • Taking an illogical or long route home

If you suspect your child is participating in bullying contact the school and  visit the Committee for Children website to find online resources that can help guide you in talking to your child about bullying.  


If you suspect your child is being bullied, please refer to the resources below for help. 

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum taught to all K- 8th Grade Students in NVUSD



Helpful Links on Bullying


For Students

Bystander Power: Be Part of the Solution

Tips for Dealing with Bullying

Tips for Avoiding Cyberbullying

For Teachers



For Parents



For Everyone