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District wins Golden Bell Award for anti-bullying program

District wins Golden Bell Award for anti-bullying program

The San Bernardino City Unified School District has been presented with the Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association for it’s groundbreaking anti-bullying program.

SBCUSD’s Bullying Intervention System addresses bullying without resorting to suspensions. The innovative and highly effective restorative practice known as the Undercover Anti-Bullying Team (UABT) helps support bullied students in a structured, safe and restorative manner.

The initiative, led by Dr. Marlene Bicondova, director of Positive Youth Development, has been a labor of dedication, with teachers, administrators and students working collaboratively to create a safe and inclusive environment for children. The Golden Bell Award, a symbol of educational excellence, recognized the District’s unwavering commitment to fostering a school culture of respect, empathy and safety.

“The Golden Bell Award not only validates the District’s efforts but also spotlights San Bernardino as a trailblazer in creating innovative solutions to address the complex issue of bullying in schools,” said Communications Director MaryRone Goodwin. “This is our moment to shine and serve as a model for other school districts.”

CSBA’s Golden Bell Awards, in its 44th year, recognize outstanding programs and governance practices in school districts and county offices of education throughout California.

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