• Bullying Policy

    More information available on recognizing and combating bullying here:  StopBullying.gov 

    or here: The Bully Project

     Bullying Policy:

    BULLYING/HARASSMENT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT/DISCRIMINATION: Every student is entitled to a safe school environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Each student will receive a written copy in the “Annual Notice to Parents and Students.” The District prohibits bullying as defined in Education Code Section 48900(r) including, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on the actual or perceived characteristics set forth in Penal Code section 422.55 and Education Code Section 220, which are disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. 

     Acts of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying should be brought to the attention of the school administrator or designee. A complaint may be made by contacting the school administrator who will then take appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. Complaints will be considered confidential. However, it may be necessary to disclose certain information in order to effectively investigate. Students who violate the District’s policies on discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying may be subject to discipline, including suspension and expulsion. The District prohibits retaliation against individuals who make complaints or provide information related to such complaints.

    *Discrimination: Negative or unfair treatment toward an individual based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or gender. 

    *Harassment: Unwanted and unwelcome behavior from other students or staff members that interferes with another individual’s life. 

    *Sexual Harassment: Consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. 

     Actions that may be taken by student:  

    • Don’t ignore it. Harassment does not usually “go away.”  

    • Though it may be hard to do, tell your harasser to “stop.” 

    • Seek help from someone you trust. 

    • Keep a written record of every incident. 

    • Don’t blame yourself, and don’t feel helpless, trapped, or confused. There is help available.

    School community prevention:
    Preventing and responding to school bullying is the responsibility of every school administrator, teacher, school staff member, student, and parent. The entire school community must recognize the responsibility to create a climate in which bullying is not tolerated.    

    • Schoolwide interventions – strategies, supervision, assemblies, training, awareness  

    • Classroom interventions – strategies, rules, discussions, parent meetings 

    • Individual interventions – discussions with a bully or a target  

    • At home – discussion, modeling manners and respect, clear behavioral expectations

     The following information is taken from the California Department of Education website. Further information can be located at www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/se/bullyfaq.asp 

    BULLYING:   Bullying is exposing a person to abusive actions repeatedly over time. Being aware of children’s teasing and acknowledging injured feelings are always important. Bullying becomes a concern when hurtful or aggressive behavior toward an individual or group appears to be unprovoked, intentional, and (usually) repeated.

    Bullying is a form of violence. It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, with the more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful. Bullying may be physical (hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing), verbal (taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, threatening), or emotional (spreading rumors, manipulation social relationships, extorting, or intimidating).

    Bullying can occur face‐to‐face or in the online world. Bullying is also one or more acts by a pupil or group of pupils directed against another pupil that constitutes sexual harassment, hate violence, or severe or pervasive intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation that is disruptive, causes disorder, and invades the rights of others by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment, and includes acts that are committed personally or by means of an electronic act, as defined.

    An “electronic act” is defined as transmission of a communication, including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device, including but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.

    CYBER BULLYING: Cyber bullying or online bullying is a term used to refer to bullying over electronic media. Cyber bullying is willful and involves recurring or repeated harm inflicted through electronic text. Cyber bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e‐mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender. Cyber bullies may also include r, “put downs” or hate‐motivated speech. Cyber bullies may publish the personal contact information of their victims. They may attempt to assume the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them.