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Bullying Prevention and Education: JICDE

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Bullying Prevention and Education: JICDE

Bullying is defined as intentionally, systematically and chronically engaging in any written, verbal or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, occurring on or off school property, which causes distress upon one or more students, and/or which substantially interferes with or impacts another student’s or students’ educational experiences.

No student, employee, volunteer, or visitor of 27J shall engage in, permit, condone, or tolerate bullying in any form.

A student, or group of students, who engages in any act of bullying is subject to appropriate disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to, suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement.

This policy applies not only to students who directly engage in an act of bullying but also to students who, by their indirect behavior, condone or support another student’s act of bullying. The severity and pattern of each student’s behavior, as well as the context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred, shall be taken into consideration when disciplinary decisions are made.

Retaliation against a victim, good faith reporter, or a witness of bullying is prohibited, and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Bullying may include, but is not limited to:

  • Subjecting a student to ridicule, embarrassment, or social isolation
  • Rumors or spreading of falsehoods
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Cyber-stalking
  • Sexual, religious, or racial harassment
  • Gender identity harassment
  • Intimidation, gestures, or threats
  • Unwanted teasing
  • Retaliation
  • Stalking
  • Physical violence
  • Theft or destruction of personal property

Bullying based on a protected classification set forth in the District’s Anti-Discrimination Policies (race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, status with regard to public assistance or age) shall also constitute a violation of this policy.

`The Superintendent shall develop a framework to address Bully Prevention at all school levels. Practices shall include a program to address the following:

  • Send a message to students, staff, parents and community members that bullying will not be tolerated.
    • Provide a safe learning environment for all students.
    • Reduce the number of parent and community concerns.
    • Reduce the number of reports about bullying.
  • Provide pro-active professional development to staff on creating and maintaining a positive, effective learning environment to prevent the occurrence of bullying.
  • Provide skill development and training for staff and students on procedures to immediately implement when bullying behaviors are observed or experienced.
    • STOP – A universal “stop” signal will be used district wide. If bullying occurs, the students being bullied will use the signal and will say “Stop.” Adults will be trained to support students in using the STOP signal and how to assist students when the signal is observed.
    • WALK – The student who is experiencing bullying is encouraged to walk away or remove themselves from the situation, as is the bully.
    • TALK – If the bullying continues, the student will immediately seek help and support from an adult to report the bullying incident.
  • Provide a multi-tiered system of support for students who experience bullying, which may include, but is not limited to individual and peer counseling.
  • Provide a multi-tiered system of support for students who are engaging in bullying behaviors, which may include, but is not limited to, re-teaching expected and acceptable behaviors, social skill development, counseling and appropriate and logical consequences.
  • Foster a supportive peer network and a trusting, communicative relationship between staff and students.
  • Foster a productive partnership with parents and community members in order to minimize bullying within the school environment and the larger community.