What to do if you suspect your child is being bullied at school?
- If your child has an IEP, call for a meeting of the IEP team to discuss what can be done to address the bullying. (A parent may request a review of the IEP, and to the extent that you are actually requesting a review of the IEP to address behaviors, you are requesting a review of the IEP. In Arizona, a parent who requests a review of the IEP must do so in writing. An e-mail constitutes a writing. Send your e-mail to more than one person to ensure that it is received in the event one person denies having received it. An IEP review must take place within 15 school days of the receipt of the request or at a mutually agreed upon time but not to exceed 30 school days.) At the IEP meeting, be specific when stating why you suspect bullying. Request to observe on various days and at different times of the school day.
- If your child does not have an IEP, send notice to the school. Document your suspicions. Email a request to your child's teacher AND the school principal AND the school district superintendent. (If a charter school, send the email to at least the child's teacher and the head of school.) Request a meeting and the reason why. It is critical to put the school on notice of potential bullying. And you want to know what the school will do to confirm and to address bullying, whether isolated instances or a pervasive problem.