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
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
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
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.
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
b. Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or
c. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or
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
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
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.