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WJCC Observes Bullying Prevention Month

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools joins other districts in observing Bullying Prevention Month (WYDaily File Image)


WILLIAMSBURG-JAMES CITY COUNTY — The Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) are participating in Bullying Prevention Month in October.

There have been several classroom-based activities throughout the month. Additionally, WJCC has been involved in anti-bullying events during many of the school’s spirit weeks:

Clara Byrd Baker Elementary
Oct. 18 – Fun Sock Day
Oct. 19 – Hats Off Day
Oct. 20 – Unity Day/Orange Day
Oct. 21 – “Why Blend IN When You Can Stand Out” Day
Oct. 22 – “B.E.A.R.S Against Bullying” Day Spirit Wear

D.J. Montague Elementary School
Oct. 18 Blue Monday: World Day of Bullying Prevention
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)

J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)

Laurel Lane Elementary School
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)

James River Elementary School
Oct. 18 – It’s okay to be different! (Wacky dressed/ mismatch/crazy socks)
Oct. 19 – Be a hero and stand up to bullying! (Super Hero Day)
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)
Oct. 21 – Team up against bullying! (Wear favorite team shirt/jersey)
Oct. 22 – Dolphins Stand Together (wear Dolphin themed clothes)

Matoaka Elementary School
Oct. 18 – “Put Bullying to Rest” Day
Oct. 19 – “Team Up Against Bullying” Day
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)
Oct. 21 – “Help Everyone Respect Others” Day
Oct. 22 – “Hats Off to Good Choices” Day

Matthew Whaley Elementary School
Oct. 18 – Fun Sock Day “It’s okay to be different”
Oct. 19 – Hats Off Day “Hats off to good choices”
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)
Oct. 21 – “Why Blend IN When You Can Stand Out” Day
Oct 22 – “PATRIOTS Against Bullying” Spirit Day

Norge Elementary School
Oct. 18-22 – Unity Spirit Week
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)

Stonehouse
Elementary School
Oct. 18-22 – Unity Spirit Week
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)
Oct. 23 – Poster Recognition Day

Berkeley
Middle School
Oct. 18 – Together We Are Stronger
Oct. 19 – Team Up Against Bullying
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)
Oct. 21 – Bullying Is Wacky
Oct. 22 – Bulldogs Together Against Bullying

Lois S. Hornsby
Middle School
Oct. 18 – My Favorite Character Monday
Oct. 19 – Team Tuesday
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)
Oct. 21 – Throwback Thursday
Oct. 22 – Hornsby Spirit

James Blair Middle School
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)

Toano Middle School
Oct. 18 – Be A Good Character Day
Oct. 19 – Team Up Against Bullying
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)
Oct. 21 – Be Someone’s Hero
Oct. 22 – Tigers Together Against Bullying

Jamestown High School
Oct. 4 – 8 – Unity Spirit Week
Oct. 20 – Unity Day/Orange Day

Lafayette High School
Oct. 1 Bullying Prevention Video
Oct. 4 – 25 – Blue Shirt Mondays: Bullying Prevention
Oct. 15 – Posting of Video – “Be the Change”
Oct. 19 – “What Makes Us Different”
Oct. 20 – Unity Day/Orange Day
Oct. 25 – 31 – Wellness Check-Ins

Warhill High School
Oct. 18 – School-Wide Pledge
Oct. 19 – “My Favorite Personality Trait”
Oct. 20 – Unity Day (Wear Orange)
Oct. 21 – Fifteen Acts of Kindness Activity
Oct. 22 – “How Can I Prevent Bullying” Activity

Each school in WJCC participated in Unity Day. During the event, students are asked to wear orange to show their support of bullying prevention.

The Unity Day campaign was created by Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Right’s (PACER) National Bullying Prevention Center. The organization provides community support to students K-12 to inspire change in school systems.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides statistics from various national surveys that provide insight into how bullying affects students’ lives.

In the 2019 National Center For Educational Statistics survey, a slightly higher portion of Female students has reported being bullied compared to Male students (24% vs. 17%).

According to the 2019 Virginia High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a survey provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 17.4% of all students said they were bullied on school property. 13.9% reported being electronically bullied.

WJCC recommends filling out an online Bullying Report Form if you have been a victim of bullying or know someone who has been a victim of bullying.

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