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Community forum to address bullying in TUSD schools

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Bullying happens in and outside of the classroom. This Saturday, the Tucson Unified School Districts plans to address the widespread issue.

The IMPACT Tucson community forum intends to shed light on the school district’s efforts to ensuring safe campuses for both students and staff.

TUSD Governing Board Member Kristel Ann Foster said TUSD schools are safe despite recent reports spotlighting disciplinary problems at various schools.

The forum will include national experts and breakout sessions that tackle the topic of bullying and how to prevent such activity from occurring in the future.

Foster said McCorkle Academy and C.E. Rose serve as model K-8 schools because of their protocol on handling students involved in bullying-related situations.

Foster said, “They have low suspension rates there. They have improving achievement so we have really good schools in our district and when some schools aren't making that cut we step in we invest in making that better."

TUSD aims to keep students in school rather as opposed to pushing them out.

Foster said TUSD spent $2.6 million on various staff training sessions held this summer. That money also was allocated toward providing additional student support personnel at each school beginning this year.

Foster noted that the district is taking the necessary steps to combat bullying and in turn bring down the suspension rates.  

She said, “We definitely invested in leadership and we invested in support staff so that all of our kids can get the best education that they need."

Teachers, parents and kids are invited to attend the forum and provide their input on bullying, disciplinary policies and other related subjects.

The IMPACT Tucson community forum runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday taking place at Palo Verde High School. 

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