HARRISONBURG -- Harrisonburg City Schools has received a grant which will allow them to train children, parents and teachers on how to better prevent bullying in schools. The grant was provided by the Virginia Department of Education.
It is a non-monetary grant which will be disbursed in the form of resources. Harrisonburg is one of three school districts in the state of Virginia to receive the grant. The program will be administered by Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. It will provide training for faculty, staff and parents in five elementary schools within Harrisonburg City Schools.
"We're actually currently exploring the possibility of applying the bullying prevention Olweus program division wide, meaning that while we receive the grant for the five elementary schools, we're considering the option of continuing that in our two middle schools and our high school. That would be an expense for our division, but we're exploring the possibility of kick starting everything moving forward as a division,” said April Howard, Harrisonburg schools' psychologist.
Newport News Public Schools and Prince William County Public Schools were the other two school districts that were provided with the highly selective grant.