No Place for Bullying

It is the policy and practice of our schools to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all students. To that end, bullying, harassment and other aggressive behaviors by our students will not be tolerated. Incidents that are reported to an adult staff member will be promptly investigated by the building principal or another administrator, parents of the alleged bully and victims will be notified, and appropriate action will be taken as the situation warrants.

Unallowable behaviors include written, physical, verbal, and psychological abuse, including hazing, gestures, comments, threats, or actions to a student, which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm, reasonable fear for personal safety or personal degradation. Demonstration of appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of administrators, teachers, staff, and volunteers. This holds true for parents and other visitors to our schools, as well.

For this policy to be effective, it is important that parents, guardians, or any other adult with knowledge or suspicion of bullying contact the school principal or superintendent’s office immediately. That home-school partnership will help identify problems early on so that a full investigation can take place and resolved in a manner that demonstrates our schools and classrooms are safe places for students. Working together cooperatively will ensure this.

It’s also important for parents to understand that bullying and harassment can occur on Internet social-networking sites such as Facebook. It can be conveyed through cellphone texting or email. We discourage the use of social-networking sites by elementary children and strongly suggest that parents monitor use by older students. If you suspect another student is using the Internet to harass or bully your child, please let us know as this type of activity may be impacting your child’s ability to come to school and participate fully in class.

Our mission is to provide every child with a safe learning environment that helps him or her achieve at the highest possible level. Aggressive behaviors, including bullying and harassment, have no place in school. With your help, we aim to send a strong message to our students that those behaviors will not be tolerated.

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About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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