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BULLYING POLICY

 

The School Board is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community. Bullying behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal, and psychological abuse as provided herein. The Board will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm to personal degradation. This policy applies when a student is on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; or, using property or equipment provided by the school.

 Bullying as defined in State law means overt, repeated acts of gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted, physical acts committed or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate or harm the other student. This type of behavior is a form of harassment, although it need not be based on any of the legally protected characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, or disability. It would include, but not be limited to, such behaviors as stalking, intimidating, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing.

Any student who believes she/he has been or is currently the victim of bullying should immediately report the situation to the building principal or assistant principal, or the superintendent. The student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator or Board official. Complaints against the building principal should be filed with the Board President.

Every student is encouraged and every staff member is required, to report any situation that they believe to be bullying behavior directed toward a student. Reports may be made to those identified above.

All complaints about bullying behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated.

If the investigation finds an instance of bullying behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate disciplinary action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers and contractors and removal from any officer position and/or a request to resign for Board members. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.

The complainant shall be notified of the findings of the investigation, and as appropriate, that remedial action has been taken.

Retaliation against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of bullying is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy and independent of whether a complaint is substantiated. Suspected retaliation shall be reported in the same manner as bullying. Making intentionally false reports about bullying for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above.

For a definition of and instances that could possibly be construed as hazing, consult Policy 5516

BULLYING
1. This rule applies when a student is:
a. On school grounds immediately before or during school hours ,immediately after school hours or at any other time when school is being used by a school group (including summer school);
b. Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event;
c. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event;
d. Using property or equipment provided by the school.

2. Bullying by a student or groups of students against another student with the intent of harass, ridicule, humiliate, or harm the other student through overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted, and/or physical acts committed or any other similar behavior prohibited.

3. Parents of students who suspect that repeated acts of bullying are taking place 
should report the matter to the principal or designee. School personnel will 
investigate all reports of bullying. 

4. Counseling, corrective discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to 
change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention(s), 
restoration of positive climate and support for victims and others impacted by the violation. 

5. Educational outreach and training will be provided to school personnel, parents and students concerning the identification, prevention and intervention of bullying. 

6. All schools in the corporation are encouraged to engage students, staff and parents in meaningful discussions about negative aspects of bullying. The parent 
involvement may be through organizations already in place in each school.