Educators Receive Training on New Harassment and Bullying School Guidelines

 

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This training is intended to help educators more accurately identify the instances of student misconduct, report them in a timely manner and play a role in the resolution and prevention of future incidences. This training will enhance a more respectful school environment. -Richard Gomez, USOE Equity Coordinator

About 40 officials from Wasatch Front School Districts will join staff from the Utah State Office of Education this week for a two-day training on how to identify and prevent harassment and bullying in Utah schools. District Title IX monitoring officers and USOE Educational Equity, school law, pupil transportation and Career and Technical Education staff will receive updated training on a recent “Dear Colleague” letter from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which set out new guidelines relating to harassment and bullying.

Richard Gomez, the USOE Educational Equity coordinator, says the training is intended to proactively introduce Utah educators to the new guidelines from OCR.

“This training is intended to help educators more accurately identify the instances of student misconduct, report them in a timely manner and play a role in the resolution and prevention of future incidences,” Gomez says. “This training will enhance a more respectful school environment.”

Gomez says all schools currently have policies in place regarding harassment and bullying, but these may be outdated now that the OCR has issued new guidelines. During the training, participating officials will have an opportunity to develop an assessment of their schools, and come up with an action plan to address harassment and bullying.

The training will be held Thursday and Friday June 14-15. It will be led by the Region VII Equity Assistance Center, which is a federally funded organization that helps schools and other organizations plan and implement practices and policies to promote equity and high quality education for all students. It is one of ten centers authorized by Title IV of the Civil Rights Act that provide training and technical assistance on education issues relating to race, gender and national origin. Other partners for the training include the Inclusion Center and the Center for  Community of Caring at the University of Utah.

The USOE Equity Section will present similar trainings at conferences throughout the state this summer, including the Summer CTE Guidance Counselor Conference in Heber City happening today and tomorrow, the Utah Rural Schools Association Conference July 10-13 in Cedar City and the summer Community of Caring conference July 10-11 at the University of Utah.

For more information about this event, contact USOE Educational Equity Coordinator Richard Gomez.

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