At our school, bullying of any kind, by any person, is unacceptable. All students should be free from worries about being bullied. Students who bully others must be taught other, appropriate ways of interacting with peers. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the School District’s anti-bullying program and to encourage you to help us identify students who are being bullied.
The School Board policy on bullying begins with this goals statement:
Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors is an important District goal.
Bullying is defined as follows:
Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
1. Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
3. Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance.
4. Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Bullying, intimidation, and/or harassment may take various forms, including without limitation: threats, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying.
We asked our school staff members to respond immediately and with compassion to a student who reports bullying or school violence. After evaluating the situation to determine if an immediate referral to our office is needed, a staff member will give the student our form for reporting bullying, Bullying Report Form. We will inform you whenever your child is involved in a bullying report.
We also asked our staff members for their feedback and concerns specifically regarding locations that may be bullying hot spots needing additional supervision or monitoring or if there are any known bullies or targets of bullying in our building. We want to ask you to do the same thing. Please inform us if you know of any bullying hot spots in or around our school, or if you are aware of a known bully or target of bullying.
Finally, we requested our staff members to intervene immediately to stop a bullying incident. They will immediately contact administration or law enforcement if the incident involves a weapon or other illegal activity.
Below are some of the signs that a young person is being bullied:
· Does not want to go to school and refuses to explain the reason
· Talks about not having any friends
· Has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches, or abrasions
· Has unexplained damage to clothing, possessions, books, etc.
· Frequently loses money or possessions
· Loses interest in school and/or has declining grades
· Becomes withdrawn and/or has stress or depression symptoms
These signs do not necessarily mean your child is being bullied, but if present, ask your child whether they are being bullied.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Jenny Wojcik Elizabeth Davis
YOU, if you have information about bullying, harassment, and/or a threat of one of these actions. It doesn’t matter whether you are the target of bullying or think someone is being bullied, please report it!
What do I report?
Any activity that targets someone to be hurt in any way. Bullying, harassment, and threats take many forms. One thing they have in common – someone is targeted to be hurt. Examples of these hurtful behaviors include unwanted teasing, intimidation, physical violence, humiliation, spreading false rumors, social exclusion, or theft or destruction of property.
Bullying, harassment, and threats may occur almost anywhere students go – in school buildings, on school grounds or buses, or at bus stops, for example. Bullying or harassing may also occur using social networking sites or cell phones.
When should I report?
As soon as possible.
Where or how do I report?
Tell any school staff member. You may do this in person, by phone, or by email. You may be asked to complete the Bullying Report Form.
You may make an anonymous tip.
Why should I report?
Fear and abuse have no place in our school. Be a hero and report bullying. If you are being bullied, a report will help you and other students who may also be targeted for bullying.
What will happen after I report?
An Administrator will:
1. Acknowledge and review your report.
2. Treat your report with privacy and respect its sensitive nature.
3. Investigate your report. The school will not bring students who bully and those they bully into the same room to confront each other. All interviews will be private.
4. Take appropriate action that may include increased monitoring and supervision, restructuring schedules, additional resources, and disciplinary action for conduct code violations, among others.
5. Provide you with feedback, if appropriate.