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Best Practice Guide

The complete Best Practices in Preventing Bullying and Harassment Guide is available in this section, to include very clear definitions, strategies, adult/student and parent information, and related information.


Complete guide - in PDF


Maine Children's Cabinet

"Working Together for Maine Children and Families"
170 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0170
Phone: 207- 287-4349 Fax: 207-287-6092

Dear Superintendent, Principal, Guidance Counselor, Teacher, Parent, Community Member, and Youth:

This Best Practice Guide to Bullying and Harassment Prevention was developed in response to LD564 and with the leadership and insights of Representative Carol Grose.

"An Act to Amend the Student Code of Conduct"

Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA §1001, sub-§15, ¶H is enacted to read: H. Establish policies and procedures to address bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.

Pursuant to the request of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Aff airs, the Governor's Children's Cabinet's Ad Hoc School and Community Climate Committee was charged with implementing the work defined under this comprehensive legislation.

This Guide is directly linked to Maine School Management Association's Sample Policy and refl ects the legal content related to Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 1001, subsection 15 (Attached in Appendices).

The Climate Design Team for LD564 (Biographies listed in Appendices) donated their expertise and time over the past 12 months to bring Maine schools and communities this Guide off ering specific, eff ective training and implementation strategies to assist Maine schools and communities in reducing bullying and harassment and its lasting trauma, thereby improving the academic, social, physical and emotional lives of Maine youth, while reducing school liability.

In addition, LD564 directs the Children's Cabinet to provide initial workshop opportunities to better understand the key elements of eff ective bullying and harassment prevention and intervention outlined in this Guide.

Finally, the Department of Education will off er a free-online web-based tool starting in September 2006 and which includes the Guide, additional resources and training opportunities to support your work to reduce bullying and harassment in your community and schools.

Complete guide - in PDF