Office of Student Support and Safety
Bullying and Harassment
City Schools takes all incidents of bullying and harassment seriously. Included below are internal and external resources for parents, students, schools, and the broader City Schools' community about preventing, reporting and intervening in bullying and harassment incidents in school.
Reporting of Bullying and Harassment Incidents
Step 1. Contact your child’s school and verbally report the bullying incident(s).
Step 2. Complete a Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form available at your child’s school. The form can also be obtained online (en español) and submitted to the school. Reports may be submitted electronically by completing this form online.
The school principal or Bullying designee investigates the incident within 2 school days. Resolution for incidents is given to parents/guardians within this same period of 2 school days.
The school submits the report, investigation and intervention taken in the City Schools online Harassment application within 2 school days.
Appropriate disciplinary action is taken. All suspensions for bullying should be accompanied by both a Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Report and an Investigation report. Principals are invited to use this investigation form to guide their response. Guidance can be found in this document.
Step 3. If not satisfied with the investigation, contact the Office of Student Support through our Safety Hotline at 410-396-SAFE.
The Office of Student Support will work with the school to ensure that the incident is investigated within 2 school days. The Office of Student Support will ensure that resolution is sufficient.
State and Federal Laws and Baltimore City Public Schools Policy and Regulations
COMAR 13A.01.04.03 - Safe Schools - Right of all children to be in schools free of harassment
Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005 - Requirements for the reporting of Bullying, Harassment, or
COMAR 7-424- Reporting incidents of harassment or intimidation against students
Maryland's Model Policy to Address Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation - MSDE
Dear Colleague Letter: Harassment and Bullying - from the Office for Civil Rights
Misuse of Interactive Computer Service (Grace's Law) - Cyberbullying criminal law
Baltimore City Schools Bullying and Harassment Policy (JICK)
Baltimore City Schools Bullying and Harassment Regulations (JICK-RA)
Resources for Parents
Eliminating Bullying - A "Report to Parents" - National Association of Elementary School Principals
Bullying at School and Online - from Education.com
"What Every Parent Should Know About Bullying" - from Safe and Supportive Schools
Tips for Parents- from author Allen Beane and the "Bully Free Program"
What If Your Child Is the Bully? - from the PACER Center
A Brief Look at the Differences Between Teasing and Bullying - from author Jeff Dess
Bullies and Victims: Information for Parents - from National Association of School Psychologists
Bullying Prevention - Recommendations for Parents- from the Safe Communities, Safe Schools
Resources for Students
Advice for Youth - from Stan Davis, bullying expert and founder of Stop Bullying Now
Resources for Principals
Bully Busters - a FREE interactive workshop from Kaiser Permanente; serves Baltimore City
Resources for Teachers
Lesson Plans/Classroom Ideas
Educator Resources - Lesson Plans and Resources for Bullying and Related Topics from GLSEN Educational Activities - Classroom Toolkits and Other Activities from PACER's
National Bullying Prevention Center
Resources for Mental Health Workers
Resources for School Support Staff
Resources Relating to LGBTQ Students
GLSEN - Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, including Baltimore contacts for
starting Gay-Straight Alliances
PFLAG - Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays
Resources Relating to Students with Disabilities
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, ED.gov
Resources Relating to Social Emotional Learning
CASEL Guide - National Review of SEL Programs from the Collaborative for Academic, Social
and Emotional Learning
General Resources and Those Relating to School Climate
Resources from Other States