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School systems clearly define rules against bullying
Counselors like Gainesville High's Wendy Savitz, right, and Betsy Escamilla help students with academic issues but also personal issues including bullying.
Whether students feel safe at school can affect their ability to succeed, and officials in Gainesville and Hall County school systems say they work on student safety in many areas, including bullying. In line with state law, both school districts have bullying policies that set expectations and protect students, according to school officials. “Bullying is a legitimate concern and a very real challenge for schools,” said Kevin Bales, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for Hall County Schools.