Rachel Joy Scott

Floyd County schools are implementing a new program to stop on bullying in the district.

During a July 22 meeting, the board approved an agreement with a Colorado nonprofit, “Rachel’s Challenge.” 

The program is named after Rachel Joy Scott, a student who died at the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. Scott was first of 12 students who died in that school shooting. 

After she died, her family learned more about her by reading six diaries she left behind and talking to people she had helped. They created this program to decrease bullying in schools to make them safer. 

Floyd County Schools will kick off Rachel’s Challenge during the week of Sept. 13-20, in elementary and middle schools. Activities will include school assemblies, student training and a community event. Superintendent Danny Adkins reported that this program will be offered district-wide. 

The program will help Floyd County schools meet requirements of Senate Bill 1, which requires school districts to provide for social and emotional learning and build frameworks for “trauma informed care.” 

The cost of the program is $32,700, with the district paying a deposit of about $13,000.

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