Jefferson School District
Guidelines and Procedures
Student to Student Bullying (Cyber-Bullying), Discrimination, Harassment, Hate Motivated Behavior, Sexual Harassment
Board Policy 5131.2 Bullying
Board Policy and Administrative Rule 5145.3 Nondiscrimination/Harassment/Anti-Bullying
Board Policy and Administrative Rule 5145.7 Sexual Harassment
Board Policy 5145.9 Hate Motivated Behavior
Bullying and Harassment – Behavior that includes direct physical contact, such as hitting, shoving; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name calling; nonverbal or written conduct. The conduct must be sufficiently severe or pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity. The behavior creates intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance; or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Hate-Motivated Behavior – Behavior or statements that degrade an individual on the basis of his/her race, color, national origin, ethnicity, culture, heritage, gender, gender identity, immigration status, sexual orientation, physical/mental attributes, religious beliefs or practices.
Sexual Harassment – Behavior that includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. The conduct must be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual’s academic performance or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
Who are the bullies?
Any person who aims in some way to hurt someone else by causing either physical or emotional pain is a bully. Some bullies do the hurting themselves, some are ringleaders who get others to bully on their behalf and some are members of a group. Others unintentionally encourage bullies by being onlookers when bullying occurs; they fail to intervene or report the bullying. Often bullies justify their behavior by saying they were only teasing or having fun. If the person being teased does not like it, or want it, and yet others persist with it, then it is a clear case of bullying. It is cruel and unfair behavior.
Bullying is a serious issue
Bullying is against school rules and against the law. The Jefferson School District takes bullying extremely seriously and will strictly enforce consequences for those involved. School leaders can only investigate incidents they know about. It is critical that parents, students and staff work in partnership to immediately report suspected incidents of bullying. All of us have a duty to ensure our schools are safe environments for all students. School leaders will immediately investigate reports and take action to stop bullying from occurring.
Bullying (Cyber-Bullying), Discrimination, Harassment, Hate Motivated Behavior, Sexual Harassment Report Form
A report Form is available in the school office as well as on the school website. This form can be submitted to the school office and will be delivered to the principal. The principal will accept anonymous submissions, however it will make the investigation more difficult and prevent any communication about the resolution of the complaint. The school staff can also assist those who need help completing the form.