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
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:
- Substantial interference with a student’s education.
- Creation of a threatening environment.
- Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
District administration shall
annually provide the following information with the Safe School Report:
- Board’s Bullying Policy.
- Report of bullying incidents.
- Information on the development and implementation of any
bullying prevention, intervention or education programs.
The Code of Student Conduct,
which shall contain this policy, shall be disseminated annually to students.
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.
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.
Consequences for Violations
A student who violates this
policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the
district Code of Student Conduct.