As the end of the school year approaches, the Maine DOE is reminding school administrative unit (SAU) staff that discipline reporting is due on June 30. The Department’s focus on bullying prevention has enabled us to expand the reporting capabilities available to SAUs and a detailed explanation of these improvements can be seen here.
Many SAUs are working diligently to eradicate the issue by conducting thorough investigations on reported incidents and implementing alternative means of discipline. It is important to remember that all reports of bullying should be taken seriously, understanding that the actions or words of others can have a lasting effect on our students and school communities.
For more information on or technical assistance with reporting or supporting safer school climates, please contact the Maine DOE’s Student Assistance Coordinator Stephanie Galeucia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-624-6685.