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Bullying Policy

 

Book                               Policy Manual

Section                            200 Pupils

Title                                Bullying/Cyberbullying

Number                           249

Status                             Active

Adopted                           December 10, 2008

Last Revised                    June 17, 2015

Last Reviewed                  May 16, 2018

Purpose

The Board is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for district students. The Board 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, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting and walking or riding to and from school that is severe, persistent or pervasive and that has the effect of doing any of the following:[1]

  1. Substantially interfering with a student’s education.
  2. Creating a threatening environment.
  3. Substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Bullying, as defined in this policy, includes cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying means an intentional electronic act or series of acts, through the utilization of computers, the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or electronic devices that are directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting, and/or outside the school setting, that is severe, persistent, or pervasive, and has the effect of doing any of the following:

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

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.[1]

Authority

The Board prohibits all forms of bullying by district students.[1]

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 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]

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 website, 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.[1][4][6]

Consequences for Violations

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

 

249-AR HOLLIDAYSBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS

249-AR Bullying Complaint Form Accused Response Form Witness Disclosure Form

All complaints of bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when allegations are verified. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained.

To help with the investigation of a complaint of bullying, the principal or designee shall use the following complaint forms:

  • Bullying Complaint Form
  • Accused Response Form
  • Witness Disclosure Form (if applicable)

BULLYING COMPLAINT FORM

 

Name of Complainant:                                                                                                                      

 

Position of Complainant:                                                                                                                   

 

Date of Complaint:                                                                                                                            

 

Name of Alleged Harasser:                                                                                                               

 

Date and Place of Incident or Incidents:                                                                                           

 

Description of Misconduct:                                                                                                               

 

Name of Witness:                                                                                                                              

 

Evidence of Harassment, i.e., letters, photos:                                                                                   

 

Any other information:                                                                                                                        

I agree that all the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. Signature:                                                                                                                                                              

Date:                                                                                                                                                  

 

Note:          Reporting bullying will have no detrimental impact upon the individual’s status, future employment, grades, or work assignments.

 

According to Policy and Procedure, you may file this complaint with either the Human Resources Director if an employee, or the Building Principal if a student. Both employees and students also may file this Complaint with the Superintendent.

 

 

ACCUSED RESPONSE FORM

Name of Accused:                                                                                                                             

Position of Accused:                                                                                                                          

Date of Complaint:                                                                                                                            

Response of Accused to Unlawful Harassment Allegation:                                                             

 

I agree that all the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. Signature:                                                                                                                                                              

Date:                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

249-AR 3

REGULATIONS

WITNESS DISCLOSURE FORM

Name of Witness:                                                                                                                              

Position of Witness:                                                                                                                           

Date of Testimony/Interview:                                                                                                           

Description of Instance Witnessed:                                                                                                   

Any Other Information:                                                                                                                     

I agree that all the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. Signature:                                                                                                                                                              

Date:   __________