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Purpose - EDUCATION CONNECTION believes that all students and staff have the right to attend a school that promotes a secure and safe school climate conducive to teaching and learning and free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behavior. Therefore, a policy which addresses this type of behavior, applicable to all constituencies, is necessary.
General Guidelines – EDUCATION CONNECTION's policy on bullying behavior seeks to accomplish the following goals:
- To promote a secure and safe environment free from threat, harassment, and all types of bullying behavior;
- To take action to prevent bullying from occurring;
- To require any staff member who witnesses acts of bullying or receives student reports of bullying to notify school administrators;
- To inform parents and students of the school’s expectations through the published student code of conduct;
- To foster productive partnerships that promote a bully free environment;
- To notify students annually of their right to file an anonymous complaint;
- To enable students to report bullying incidents in a non-threatening or anonymous manner;
- To enable parents or guardians to file written reports of suspected bullying;
- To develop a recording and reporting system that documents verified incidents of bullying behaviors;
- To establish procedures for school administrators to investigate and respond to written complaints or anonymous reports of bullying;
- To notify parents or guardians of the student(s) who commit acts of bullying and the parents or guardians of the student(s) against whom acts of bullying were committed of verified reports of bullying including a description of the response by the school staff and consequences that may result from the commission of further acts of bullying;
- To make the staff aware of their role in fostering the knowledge and attitudes that will be required to achieve the above goals;
- To consider case by case interventions under specific circumstances.
Definition Of Bullying
Bullying can be defined as any overt acts by a student, group of students, or an adult directed against another student or adult. These acts are repeated against the same student or adult over time, with the intent to ridicule, humiliate, harass or intimidate the other individual while on school grounds, while being transported on a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity.
Bullying takes many forms and may include many different behaviors, such as, but not limited to:
- Physical violence and attacks;
- Verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, including ethnically or racially based verbal abuse and gender based put-downs;
- Threats and intimidation; Extortion or stealing of money and possessions;
- Exclusion from the peer group.