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10.66.P.1 Student Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
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The District does not tolerate bullying in any form.  Further, the District shall investigate each complaint of bullying and will take appropriate, timely, and responsive action.  A student who is experiencing bullying, or believes another student is experiencing bullying, is to report the situation to the principal or another school employee.  A school employee who becomes aware of or suspects a student is being bullied shall immediately notify the school administrator.  School personnel shall maintain confidentiality of the reported information.

Reporting Incidents of Bullying - Staff

The initial notification of an alleged incident may be provided verbally.  A detailed written description of the incident and any other relevant information must be provided on form(s) made available by the school and submitted to the principal within one (1) school day of the verbal report.  Should the principal be the employee who observes, is informed of, or suspects a student is experiencing bullying the principal shall document the incident or concern in writing. Failure by an employee to report a suspected case of bullying may result in disciplinary action up to suspension without pay or dismissal pursuant to Board Policy Section 7.46.

Reprisal by any student or staff member directed toward a student or employee related to the reporting of a case of bullying or a suspected case of bullying shall not be tolerated and the individual(s) will be subject to the disciplines set out in applicable District policies and administrative procedures.

At the time a student reports alleged bullying, the principal shall provide to the student who has allegedly been bullied a written copy of student rights protections and support services available to the student and shall notify the student’s parent(s) of the report.

The Principal shall investigate all reports of bullying.  If the Principal determines that bullying has occurred, discipline will be administered pursuant to Board Policies, 10.42, 10.44 and 10.45.  Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the principal will meet with the involved students to review the findings of the investigation.  Subject to the restrictions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy act (FERPA) set out in policy 10.64, the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the involved students shall also be informed of the findings of the investigation.

Bullying:  Bullying may occur when a student is exposed repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more students.
 
  1. Bullying behavior is meant to hurt another person and is carried out by someone who is seeking power or control over another person.
     
  2. Bullying may constitute a violation of law.
     
  3. There are three forms of bullying.
    1.  Physical
       
    2.  Emotional
       
    3.  Social

Reporting Incidents of Bullying - Students

Any student who feels he or she has been the victim of bullying or suspects other students of being bullied should file a complaint with the Principal or the Principal’s designee or other school employee.  The student’s report may be provided verbally or in writing.  A student’s verbal report will be documented in writing by the employee receiving the report.

Any staff member who becomes aware of or suspects that a student is experiencing bullying shall immediately notify the principal or the principal’s designee.  Employees may initially give verbal notice to the principal or the principal’s designee, but shall submit a written report to the Principal or the Principal’s designee within one (1) school day of the verbal report.

Reprisal directed toward a student or employee for the reporting of a case of bullying or a suspected case of bullying will not be tolerated.  Students involved directly or indirectly in reprisal will be disciplined pursuant to Board Policies 10.42, 10.44 and 10.45.  Any suspected violation of the law will be reported to law enforcement authorities.

Investigation

Investigation of submitted complaints shall be initiated by the Principal or the Principal’s designee as soon as is feasible, but not later than two (2) school days after the initial report.  Each investigation will be comprehensive to the extent determined appropriate by the Principal or the Principal’s designee.  In investigating the complaint, the Principal or the Principal’s designee will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible, subject to the restrictions pertaining to disclosure of personally identifiable student information established in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

Each investigation will be documented by the principal or the principal’s designee.  Documentation will be maintained by the district for at least six (6) years.  In the event the District must report incidents to persons other than school officials or law enforcement, all individually identifiable information shall be redacted.  Restrictions established by FERPA on disclosure of personally identifiable student information must be observed at all times.

Notification

The Superintendent is responsible for determining the methods of information delivery to employees and students.  The Superintendent shall provide to the school principals, supervisors and all other District employees the information necessary to comply with Governing Board policy 10.66.  The information related to bullying is to include but not be limited to preventive measures, incident reporting, related support services available (proactive and reactive), student rights, employee responsibilities, and the ramifications of not reporting a bullying incident or suspension of bullying.  The information shall be disseminated to District personnel at the beginning of each year and as the Superintendent otherwise determines to be appropriate.

The Principal or the Principal’s designee is responsible to ensure information related to bullying is disseminated to students, and parents and guardians.  The information shall include but not be limited to Governing Board policy, incident reporting, support services (proactive and reactive) and student’s rights.  The dissemination of this information will occur during the first (1st) week of each school year:
 
  1. be posted in each classroom and in common areas of the school,
     
  2. be summarized in the student handbook and on the district website, and
     
  3. be provided to each incoming student during the school year at the time of registration.

The Principal or the Principal’s designee is also responsible to ensure information is disseminated to all students who report bullying, including, at the time the incident is reported, a written copy of student rights, protections and support services available to the student; a copy of the report shall also be given to the student’s parent(s)/guardians(s).

The Principal or the Principal’s designee is responsible for the maintenance of documentation related to bullying.