Student Bullying and Harassment
SBP 25-1.17 Student Safety – Bullying/Harassment Prevention states that the school district is committed to creating a safe, caring, respectful learning environment for all students. Bullying or harassment of students, including bullying based on an actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and mental, physical, or sensory disability, is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
The school district’s anti-bullying policy applies to school buildings; school grounds; school-sponsored social events, trips and sporting events; and to buses and bus stops. Bullying which occurs off of school premises, including misuse or inappropriate use of technology (cyber bullying) is also prohibited and subject to school discipline when the order, safety or welfare of the school or its students is affected as a result of such out-of-school actions.
Procedures for Reporting
- Staff members should view bullying and sexual harassment seriously and intervene promptly when they see a student harassing another student.
- Ensure students know that inappropriate behaviors such as teasing, threatening, spreading rumors, gossiping, unwanted touching, name-calling, pushing, tripping and hitting will not be tolerated. Staff members that fail to intervene and report instances of bullying may be legally liable for failure to protect a student.
- The Office of Civil Rights requires that we document bullying incidents in three categories – by offender, victim and allegations. You will be required to make these reports in accordance with APS Policy & PIP 25-1.17, using a different form for each category:
- SCH-0037 – Reported Allegations of Harassment or Bullying
- SCH-0038 – Students Reported to Have Been Harassed or Bullied
- SCH-0039 – Students Disciplined for Harassment or Bullying
- Parents should be contacted within two days of the alleged incident with details of the allegation and how the school will resolve the issue. This should be done without violating the confidentiality of involved parties to the extent possible
- Students who are victims of bullying should be referred to the school counselor for support.
Students who bully are subject to disciplinary actions in accordance with school district policies and procedures related to bullying behaviors as specified in PIP 25-1.3 Discipline.