Sioux City Schools Go Bilingual in Bullying Fight

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Sioux City-area schools want to ensure parents who don’t speak English know how to address bullying if the issue works its way into the student’s home.

Maria Ruelas, head teacher for the Sioux City district’s English as Second Language program, said the language barrier is one of the biggest challenges when helping parents find out what school resources are available for their children.

The barrier can prevent non-English speaking parents from finding academic support, filing a bullying complaint or knowing who to talk to about their concerns.

“It’s important to get them involved, and it lets them know what’s available at the school,” Ruelas said. “Bullying really does affect everyone and we want parents to know what to look for.”

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