Bullying and Harassment have played a major role in the changes of the various practices that are seen within school systems in New York State. Roles of administrators and teachers have had to change because of the new DASA regulations and as well as other recently established mandated abuse reporting measures. The amount of professional hats that school staff have to wear is continually growing and evolving on a regular basis. Instead of focusing on the primary job of teaching students to a high degree, teachers and administrators are also having to take active steps in documenting and reporting incidents that involve bullying, harassment and abuse.
The new systems that have been put in place are all done for the right reasons; to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students. The problem becomes, is it too much to place on the current educational setup that schools have operated on for numerous years? With so much focus and attention from teachers and administrators in regards to bullying and harassment in school, practices that help strengthen teaching content seems to have gone by the wayside. Principals no longer seem to have enough time to help teachers grow in their instructional delivery and teachers do not seem to have enough time to do everything that is needed throughout the day.
Is it time for new components to be introduced into the school setting that would focus on taking proactive approaches to stop bullying and harassment, while still taking responsibility for handling student issues that arise? Maybe. One problem that continues to stop any type of progressive change in the educational setting is the lack of finances. Continual budget cuts have made all schools do more with less. Numerous changes have been imposed upon schools, all for the right reasons, but without the financial support to achieve success for both teaching and student safety.