Superintendent’s Memo #269-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 23, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Bullying Prevention Training Opportunity

The Virginia Department of Health will soon be accepting applications from schools interested in implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP).  Schools accepted for participation will receive free training, materials, and support from a certified OBPP trainer.  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is an effective, highly-regarded bullying prevention program and has been successful in reducing existing problems, preventing new problems, and improving peer relations and school climate.

Schools interested in being accepted for the training should complete the very brief form located at:  Formal application materials will be sent by VDH to schools completing the survey.  Acceptance into the training will be contingent upon review of application materials and subsequent interview(s).  Individuals may inquire on behalf of a school but the application will need to be completed by school officials.  Schools that had used OBPP but discontinued the practice are eligible to inquire.  Surveys should be completed by October 1st; the formal application process should be completed by November 1st.  Training will begin in January 2012.

Questions should be directed to Vinu Ilakkuvan, bullying prevention coordinator at the Virginia Department of Health, at (804)864-7741 or, or Wayne Barry, student services specialist, at (804)692-0396 or