This week has been designated Kansas Bullying Awareness Week.
But an administrator for the Leavenworth public schools said bullying is more than just a week-long issue and officials have to maintain a focus on the problem.
“It’s a very important issue for us,” said Brad Willson, director of curriculum and instruction for the Leavenworth district.
Willson said the district has a plan it uses for dealing with the problem, and officials are in the process of updating it.
“We tend to update it about every two years,” he said.
He said the district’s approach to addressing the problem includes an anti-bullying curriculum and character education.
“Some of it comes through our counseling programs,” he said.
He said one important piece in combating bullying is reporting. He said school officials have to help students feel comfortable in reporting problems.
Willson noted there is a state hotline that can be used to report problems.
“And we get those reports,” he said.
He said connecting with parents is another important aspect of combating bullying.
“It has to be a joint effort,” he said.
He said a one of the new things officials are looking at as they’re updating the district plan is how to put relationships in place. He said they’re looking at ways to bring students from Leavenworth High School to meet with middle school and intermediate school students.