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Bully Prevention

Bullying is unfair and one-sided behavior. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose, in person or via multi-media.

To qualify as bullying, the incident must involve an imbalance of power between the target and the student who acts aggressively. Bullying usually involves multiple incidences, aggressor & the target have drastically different reactions to the incident, and target feels powerless to self-advocate.

PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING AN INCIDENT OF BULLYING BEHAVIOR

  • Referral form is given to the counselors, principal, or assistant principal.
  • Students may bring the incident to the attention of a teacher, counselor, principal, or any school personnel.
  • Students will be able to fill out a Student Harassment/Bully Report Formand turn it into the box in the counseling office or library. This box will be checked daily.

SCHOOL POLICY ON REPORTING INCIDENTS OF BULLYING

  • Anyone who sees or hears of a bullying incident must report through the referral system.
  • All referrals should be submitted within one day of incident or report of the incident.
  • If it is an immediate safety concern, the staff member will contact the office to escort the student who is acting aggressively to the front office to ensure student safety.

SCHOOL POLICY ON RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS OF BULLYING

  • Teachers and other school staff who witness or receive reports of acts of bullying will appropriately intervene and complete referral form.
  • An investigation will take place where all parties involved are interviewed. Findings of the investigation will be documented.
  • Teachers and other staff who are involved with the students will be notified to help monitor and prevent further bullying situations.
  • If it is deemed a bullying situation, parents of all students involved will be notified of the incident and outcomes that pertain to their children. Confidentiality will be maintained with all students.

SCHOOL POLICY ON DISCIPLINARY STEPS TO INCIDENTS OF BULLYING

  • Consistent response and consequences for students who act aggressively and bystanders when appropriate per APS district policies and Student Behavior Handbook.
  • Provide classroom guidance curriculum regarding the expected behaviors of the school or classroom, possible consequences for inappropriate behavior, and the school procedure to report incidents of bullying.
  • Counselors and administrator