Bullying/Cyberbullying

Policy 249

 
Pine-Richland is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for district students. PR recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence. Therefore, the Board prohibits bullying by district students.

Definitions

Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students that is severe, persistent or pervasive and which has the effect of doing any of the following:[1]

  1. Substantial interference with a student’s education.
     
  2. Creation of a threatening environment.
     
  3. Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.

Examples of bullying include but are not limited to physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student; damaging, extorting or taking a student’s 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 education opportunities; or perpetuation of conduct by an individual or group, with the intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or incite a student.

Bullying, as defined and used in this policy, includes cyberbullying, i.e. bullying through the utilization of electronic device(s), including but not limited to computers, the Internet, social media websites, email, instant messaging, blogs, interactive and digital technologies, cell phones, smart phones, personal digital communication devices and other similar electronic devices.

School setting means in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school and on the way to and from school.[1]

Authority

The Board prohibits all forms of bullying by district students in all school settings. The Board also prohibits all forms of bullying by district students in non-school settings, and may enforce consequences provided under this policy to acts of bullying occurring in a nonschool setting to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Board encourages students who have been bullied to promptly report such incidents to the building principal or designee.[1]

The Board directs that complaints of bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when allegations are verified. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the district’s legal and investigative obligations. No reprisals or retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith reports of bullying.

 

Delegation of Responsibility

Each student shall be responsible to respect the rights of others and to ensure an atmosphere free from bullying.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop administrative regulations to implement this policy. 

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that this policy and administrative regulations are reviewed annually with students.[1]

The Superintendent or designee, in cooperation with other appropriate administrators, shall review this policy every three (3) years and recommend necessary revisions to the Board.[1] 

District administration shall annually provide the following information with the Safe School Report:[1]

  1. Board’s Bullying Policy.
     
  2. Report of bullying incidents.
     
  3. Information on the development and implementation of any bullying prevention, intervention or education programs.

Guidelines 

The Code of Student Conduct, which shall contain this policy, shall be disseminated annually to students.[1][2][3]

Each building principal will inform staff, parents/guardians and students who is to be notified when bullying is suspected.

This policy shall be accessible in every classroom. The policy shall be posted in a prominent location within each school building and on the district web site, if available.

Education

 The district may develop and implement bullying prevention and intervention programs. Such programs shall provide district staff and students with appropriate training for effectively responding to, intervening in and reporting incidents of bullying.[4][1][6]

Consequences for Violations

A student who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the district Code of Student Conduct.[1][3][7]

 

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