Many children WILL be bullied this year. Schools districts will enforce an Anti-bullying policy and plan but these don't work. Most anti-bullying programs actually focuses on bullying. What you focus on you WILL expand! School districts will be creating more bullying situations not reduce them. So what do we do? We focus on how we want the students to behave - with empathy. I have written a few times about how empathy is the antidote to bullying here are those links - Empathy the antidote to bullying and Empathy is the key.
So as the school year begins remember to focus on the positive and the positive will come. Love this video of Jesse Ruben singing his song "We Can" to elementary students. This is a great example of focusing on the positive.