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Bullying Prevention and Resources

Dignity for All Students Act

The Watervliet City School District does not tolerate bullying of any kind, and is prepared to meet the requirements of New York’s Dignity for All Students Act, which took effect on July 1, 2012.

Report Bullying 

Schools cannot address bullying unless incidents are reported. Students may report bullying anonymously using the new “Bully Free” Reporting Form—available in the guidance offices of each school and on the district website (here). Reporting forms can be dropped in “Bully Free” boxes located in the guidance offices.

Students, staff and parents may also report bullying incidents by contacting school building administrators or the district’s “Dignity Act” Coordinators: Alison Santiago, Watervliet Elementary School 629-3400, ex. 2218 or Beth Lipson, Watervliet Junior-Senior High School 629-3300, ex. 2210.

Watervliet strongly supports a school climate that is safe and welcoming to all students. The district recognizes that physical, emotional, and social bullying, harassment or intimidation can jeopardize students’ academic achievement and undermine their emotional and physical well-being.

Faculty, staff and administrators are committed to working toward eliminating bullying/harassment with a strong and immediate response to any and all incidents they are made aware of.

How Much do You Know About Bullying? Take this Quiz to Find Out if You�re a Bullying MythBuster!What is bullying?

Bullying is an intentional, hurtful act carried out repeatedly and over time, which harms, induces fear and/or creates terror in the victim. It is characterized by an imbalance of power between the victim and the aggressor, and can take several forms including physical, emotional and social bullying.

It may be verbal, such as name-calling, teasing, threatening, gossiping, etc., or non-verbal harassment such as poking, tripping, stealing, destroying the personal property of others, and/or excluding someone from a group.

Bullying is different from teasing. Bullies try to control others using scare tactics, and often will seek out victims who are alone, who act emotionally, or who give in to others easily.

Who is involved in bullying?

Both girls and boys can be involved in bullying.

Where does bullying occur?

Bullying can happen anywhere. At school, bullying often happens in the halls, at lunch, and on the playground especially when no adult is directly supervising. It can also occur on the school bus, in a child's neighborhood or on the Internet.

More about bullying


Cyberbullying: What parents need to know

Recognizing bullying including:

bullet graphicBullying: Tips for Students

bullet graphicThe impact of bullying

Telling versus Tattling

Printed Resources


Bullying Handout for Kids (PDF)

Bullying Handout for Teens (PDF)

The Net Neighborhood (PDF)


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Online resources
for students, parents, and teachers

Stop Bullying Now

Website published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Go to website


Positive Behavorial Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program currently in use at Watervliet Elementary School. More information


Canadian-based site filled with useful facts, tips and resources. Go to website

Parenting Suggestions Regarding Technology

Compiled by national speaker John Halligan, whose son, Ryan, died by suicide in October 2003 after being bullied by classmates at school and online. Go to website


This site is a resource for parents to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely. It provides information on filtering software and recommends safe sites for children of all ages. Go to website

Family Online Safety Institute

This site of the Internet Content Rating Association contains information and downloads on the content rating system. Go to website