Subject:Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro A.
Rivera Announces Partnership For School Bullying Prevention Helpline
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 29,
2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today
announced a partnership with the Highmark Foundation and the Center for Health
Promotion and Disease Prevention to operate the Department of Education's
Bullying Prevention Consultation helpline.
The helpline serves as a resource to Pennsylvania
students, families, and schools to help them develop strategies to address
bullying and resolve bullying situations.
"Students learn and focus most effectively when they
feel safe and cared for," Rivera said during a visit to Harrisburg School
District's Marshall Math Science Academy. "Schools across the country are
looking at ways to prevent bullying and its harmful impacts, and this
partnership is one of the initiatives Pennsylvania has put in place to support
our students, schools, and families and help our children achieve."
The Highmark Foundation has provided $30,000 to help
operate the line, as well as create posters and resources for schools in
Pennsylvania to post in their buildings informing students, teachers, and staff
that the consultation line is available. The line is available to students,
parents/guardians, and schools, both public and nonpublic.
"Bullying is a major public health issue. It is a
malicious, pervasive behavior that has emotional and physical effects on its
victims, ultimately hindering learning and a positive school experience for
thousands of children," said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook.
"The Highmark Foundation supports initiatives and programs aimed at
improving community health. This grant is an example of how we do just that by
working with partners like the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to address issues affecting
the well-being of those in our communities."
"In my work as a school-based Outpatient Therapist I
saw the impact that bullying had on students on a daily basis," CHPDP's
Karla Good added. "Providing support and resources to these students
became a large part of my job. With the development of the Bullying Prevention
Consultation line we are now able to offer support on a much larger basis to
students, families, schools and communities at large. This is an important and
much needed service, as all students deserve to go to school and feel safe."
The Bullying Prevention Consultation Helpline is 1-866-716-0424.
Messages can be left 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be
returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours.