ALAMEDA — The school board has decided to keep a lesson plan aimed at preventing anti-gay bullying among elementary school kids until a new broader plan that prevents other types of bullying, such as against race, can be worked out.
Trustees voted 4-1 to keep the existing "Caring School Community" lessons for students in kindergarten through second grade, as well as to launch the new plan, "Steps to Respect," for third through fourth graders.
The new lessons come in the wake of the board's approval in May of lessons meant to specifically address anti-gay bullying, which were dubbed Lesson 9. Three months later, district leaders admitted their existing anti-bullying curriculum didn't do enough to address bullying based on other factors, and they put together a pair of committees in an effort to change that.
The district added a new set of lessons for grades 3-5, called Steps to Respect, on top of their existing Caring School Community curriculum. And they said they will work with members of the teacher and community committees that reviewed the materials to come up with a list of books that addressed bullying based on each of the protected classes, for each grade level.