Bullying means an intentional electronic (including cyberbullying), written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and 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 school.
The Board prohibits all forms of bullying by district students and encourages students who have been bullied to promptly report such incidents to the building principal or designee.
Consequences for Violations
A student who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the Code of Student Conduct, which may include:
- Counseling within the school.
- Parental conference.
- Loss of school privileges.
- Transfer to another school building, classroom or school bus.
- Exclusion from school-sponsored activities.
- Counseling/Therapy outside of school.
- Referral to law enforcement officials.
Highmark Foundation Bullying Information and Resources
Tips for talking about bullying with your child when they are bullying others:
- Make it clear that bullying is wrong and that you take it seriously.
- Make family rules and consequences for your child’s behavior and when rules are broken.
- Establish positive reinforcements when your child follows the rules.
- Spend time with your child and keep a close track of his or her activities.
- Find out who their friends are and how they spend their time.
- Build on your child’s talents and involve them in positive activities.
- Share concerns with the school so they can support the rules you have set up for your child, they can monitor behavior during school to make sure the bullying stops and your child is getting a consistent message.
- If you or your child need more help, talk with the school counselor and/or a mental health professional.
For more information on bullying go to:
Center for Safe Schools: http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention
Federal Stopbullying: http://www.stopbullying.gov/
In Your Shoes: Cultivating Empathy for Positive Youth Relationships
Why does empathy matter? Empathy is a basic human need. It is important for people to make connections with each other, sense other people’s emotions and to be understood by each other.
Empathy allows us to:
- Be able to imagine the world as others see it
- Not judge others
- Understand how others may feel
- Better communicate with others about our feelings and other people’s feelings
Teaching our children to value different views of the world, listen to each other and having a safe place for kids to positively work together is important in developing healthy adults.
For additional information on social emotional learning programs, visit:
Center for Schools and Communities: http://www.icanproblemsolve.info/