*Click the above link and complete the form if you feel harassment and/or bullying has occurred.
INITIATIONS, HAZING, BULLYING OR HARRASSMENT
Be Respectful -- Stay Safe -- Take Responsibility
Harassment, bullying and abuse are violations of school district policies, rules and regulations and, in some cases, may also be a violation of criminal or other laws. The school district has the authority to report students violating this rule to law enforcement officials. Complaint forms for harassment and bullying can be found in each office of any building on our campus.
Students who feel that they have been harassed or bullied should:
- Communicate to the harasser or bully that the student expects the behavior to stop, if the student is comfortable doing so.
- If the student needs assistance communicating with the harasser or bully, the student should ask a teacher, counselor or principal to help.
- If the harassment or bullying does not stop, or the student does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser or bully, the student should:
- tell a teacher, counselor or principal; and
- write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give another copy to the teacher, counselor or principal including;
- what, when and where it happened
- who was involved; exactly what was said or what the harasser or bully did
- witnesses to the harassment or bullying
- what the student said or did, either at the time or later
- how the student felt; and how the harasser or bully responded.
Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Harassment or bullying on the basis of age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status or familial status includes conduct of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble persons when:
- places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property
- has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health
- has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
- has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
- Refer to Board of Education policy for further definitions and procedural details concerning the filing of complaints.
If an incident of bullying and/or harassment is substantiated:
- The student will meet with school counselor
- Discussion of possible future steps and consequences
- School counselor will document the incident and notify the administration
- School counselor or principal will notify parents
- Student will be issued consequences ranging from a verbal warning to 1 day of ISS.
- Student will meet with school counselor and administration
- Student and parent(s)/guardians will meet with guidance counselor and administration
- SRO will be notified of pattern of behavior
- Student will receive consequences ranging from 1-3 days ISS
- Student will meet with principal and SRO
- SRO will make a referral to the court and charges may be filed with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
- Student, parents, administration and SRO will meet.
- Student will be issued consequences ranging from 3 days ISS to 10 days OSS
**If the bullying and/or harassment complaint is unsubstantiated, the investigation of it will be recorded and closed and the complainant will be notified. The closing of a bullying complaint does not mean that no other school discipline action will be taken. If the conduct prompting the complaint and investigation violates other behavior rules, discipline may be applied based on that conduct.