Superintendent’s Memo #058-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 1, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Bullying Prevention Training Opportunity

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is now accepting applications from school divisions interested in implementing the electronic subscription version of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP).  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is an evidence-based, highly regarded bullying prevention program proven to be successful in reducing existing problems, preventing new problems, and improving peer relations and school climate when implemented with fidelity.

School divisions accepted for participation in this project must have the capacity to:

Selected schools will receive:

Special consideration will be given those divisions currently implementing evidence-based programming focusing on improvement of academic and behavioral practices or violence prevention such as Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports or Second Step.

The division level application is available at  and is open from March 1 through April 1, 4:30 p.m.  Award announcements will be made on Monday, April 15.  Committee trainings will take place from July through October 2013.

Additional announcements for VDH support of schoolwide bullying prevention efforts for schools currently implementing OBPP or schools considering implementation will be made in future Superintendent’s Memoranda.

Questions should be directed to Mary Lib Morgan, bullying and youth violence prevention coordinator, Virginia Department of Health, at or (804) 864-7741 or to Wayne Barry, student services specialist, Virginia Department of Education, at or (804) 692-0396.