Bullying & Cyber bullying
The Board strives to provide a safe, positive learning climate for students in the schools. Therefore, it shall be the policy of the District to maintain an educational environment in which bullying and cyber bullying in any form are not tolerated.
- All forms of bullying and cyber bullying by District students are hereby prohibited. Anyone who engages in bullying or cyber bullying in violation of this Policy shall be subject to appropriate discipline. Students who have been bullied or cyber bullied shall promptly report such incidents to any staff member. Complaints of bullying or cyber bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when a complaint is verified. Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of the submission of a complaint. The School District shall annually inform students that bullying or cyber bullying of students will not be tolerated.
Definitions: Bullying shall mean unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct directed at a student by another student. Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student or staff member by way of any technological tool, such as sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or website postings (including blogs).
Bullying or Cyber-bullying is punishable and shall not have the effect of:
- Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student;
- Damaging, extorting or taking a student’s personal property;
- Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional or mental harm;
- Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property;
- Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.
All forms of bullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive of the educational process of the School District, offenders shall be subject to appropriate staff intervention, which may result in administrative discipline.The term “bullying” and “cyber bullying” shall not be interpreted to infringe upon a student’s right to engage in legally protected speech or conduct.
Students may submit a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying to a teacher or administrator and may also request that their name be kept in confidence. Complaints of bullying or harassment shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with site-level grievance procedures specified in AR#5145.7 - Sexual Harassment.
When a student is suspected of or reported to be using electronic or digital communications to engage in cyber bullying against other students or staff or to threaten district property, the investigation shall include documentation of the activity, identification of the source, and a determination of the impact or potential impact.
A student shall report a complaint of bullying or cyber bullying, orally or in writing, to a staff member. If a parent initiates the complaint, the appropriate staff member will follow-up with the student.
- The staff member will either gather the information or seek administrative assistance to determine if the alleged bullying or cyber bullying conduct occurred.
- After the information has been gathered, the site principal shall be notified of the complaint. The site principal will determine the need for further investigation or the appropriate intervention, which may result in administrative discipline to ensure that the conduct ceases.
- If the behavior is found to meet the definition of bullying or cyber bullying, the site principal must complete the appropriate written documentation.
- A violation of this Policy shall subject the offending student to appropriate disciplinary action, consistent with the student discipline code, which may include suspension, expulsion or notification to the appropriate authorities.