Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PFLAG Greater Boston is Moving Equality Forward with New Parental Notification Guidance

PFLAG Greater Boston is happy to share news of new guidance unveiled today by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) that will help enhance the state’s new Bullying Prevention Law. The new law, passed on May 3, 2010, requires notification of bullying to the parents of both the bully and the victim. This can be challenging in situations where the student is being bullied based on a sexual orientation that they have not yet disclosed to their parents. The new guidance provides background on this topic and suggestions of how school administrators can proceed in a sensitive manner. The document is a result of consultation between the Commissioner of Education and local LGBT groups including PFLAG Greater Boston. The goal is for the student to feel supported as the bullying situation is being addressed and that every effort is made to encourage family acceptance. A copy of the guidance can be found on the DESE website: www.doe.mass.edu/boe/docs/0111/item3_guidance.pdf

Great work President Stan Griffith and PFLAG Greater Boston!

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