Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools

More Resources to Help Families and Others Address Bullying

National resources

  • Stopbullying.gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to provide information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
  • BullyBust is designed to help students and adults become “upstanders”— people who stand up to bullying and become part of the solution in our nation's schools.
  • Welcoming Schools offers tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling.

Community resources

  • Council on American-Islamic Relations Resources

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) has many helpful resources and information available to educators and the public, including “An Educator’s Guide to Understanding Islamic Religious Practices” and several “Know Your Rights” guides. Pocket guides designed specifically for Muslim students help them understand their rights at school and where to go for help if they experience bullying or harassment. For help, go CAIR-MN’s website or call them at (612) 206-3360. CAIR-MN’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

  • PACER is an organization for families with students with disabilities. PACER is the home to the National Bullying Prevention Center.
  • ARC of Minnesota, an organization that supports people with disabilities
  • The Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP), an organization that supports students of color.
  • OutFront Minnesota, an organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and adults.
  • Local law enforcement.
  • Attorneys and other legal resources for attorneys. The Minnesota Department of Education has a list of free or low-cost legal resources for parents under Student Rights.

Addressing professional behavior

The Minnesota Board of School Administrators

(The Minnesota Legislature has established a code of ethics for school administrators.)

1500 Highway 36 West

Roseville, MN 55113

651-582-8796

The Minnesota Board of Teaching

(Contact the Minnesota Board of Teaching for concerns about the ethical behavior of an individual teacher.)

1500 Highway 36 West

Roseville, MN 55113-4266

651-582-8833; Fax number: 651-582-8872

board.teaching@state.mn.us

Minnesota Department of Education’s Choice and Innovation unit for information on school choice.

Addressing discrimination

For discrimination issues, parents can file a complaint with the Minnesota Office of Human Rights, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul MN 55155, 651-296-5663 or info.MDHR@state.mn.us or with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR regional office is in Chicago.

Office of Civil Rights

United States Department of Education

111 North Canal Street, Suite 1053

Chicago, IL 60606-7204

312-886-8434

OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

Failure to address bullying and non-compliance with the law

If you are concerned that a school district or school has failed to address bullying, or that a school district or school is not complying with the Safe and Supportive Schools Law, please share your concerns with the School Safety Technical Assistance Center by email, by phone at 651-582-8364 or by mail at School Safety Technical Assistance Center, Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113.

The School Safety Technical Assistance Center has a process in place to handle complaints of school districts and charter schools not complying with the state law. A formal investigation will occur when districts or charter schools are reported to be non-compliant with the state law. The investigation process can take up to three months to complete.