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Cincinnati Public Schools Adopts Enumerated Policy

BIG NEWS for 33,000 Cincinnati Public Schools students in 55 schools: In November, the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt enumerated language into the District's anti-bullying policy.

For the first time, Board Policy 5517.01: "Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior" will enumerate "actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion or any other distinguishing characteristics... This also includes association with a person or group with one or more of the abovementioned characteristics, whether actual or perceived." (Read the old version of the policy here.)

Recently the Board of Education approached partners from GLSEN Greater Cincinnati, YWCA Greater Cincinnati/Family Violence Prevention Project, Greater Cincinnati HRC and Equality Cincinnati. We were very happy to supply relevant research and model language for an effective, enumerated policy, including Ohio snapshot data from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey and GLSEN's Model District Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy.

We look forward to continuing as a resource to Cincinnati Public Schools as the District works to roll out and implement the policy, as well as procedures to ensure that the policy positively impacts students and educators, and contributes to safe, respectful schools for all!