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Keep an eye out for bullying as students head back to the classroom

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — As parents prepare for their kids to head back to school, it’s important to talk to them about bullying. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five students are bullied.

Roanoke County Public Schools says they encourage parents to keep the lines of communication open. After all, children may not feel comfortable talking about bullying.

The school district uses a framework called PBIS, which stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. This framework not only teaches students strategies for dealing with bullying and stopping it, but it also encourages students to say something if they see something.

“We just want to equip them with all the tools necessary in order to handle those situation and their parents too because it can be very upsetting and disruptive to their lives,” said Karen Garlow, Supervisor of Counseling at Roanoke County Public Schools.

School officials urge parents and community members to keep an eye out for “silent signs” of bullying. For example, if students loved school in the past and are now avoiding friends or avoiding activities that used to bring them joy, sit them down for a conversation.

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