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PREVENTION OF BULLYING, HARRASSMENT OR INTIMIDATION

 

Board Policy

 

The Garrett County Board of Education is both mandated and committed to the goal of providing a safe, orderly, and drug-free environment in all schools and for all students.  Bullying, harassment, and intimidation can be a significant form of abuse among students that jeopardizes the efforts of the Garrett County Board of Education and its schools in meeting this goal.  When these behaviors occur, the perpetrators and the victims, as well as other students are placed at risk of experiencing concerns in the areas of education, health and safety.  In addition, these behaviors impact all students by disrupting the learning environment of the school. 

 

Therefore, it is the policy of the Garrett County Board of Education to prohibit bullying, harassment, or intimidation of any person on school property or at school sponsored functions or by the use of electronic technology at a public school.  Further, this policy prohibits reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation, including those who are victims, witnesses, bystanders or others with reliable information about an act of bullying, harassment or intimidation.

 

The Garrett County Board of Education and its schools will support whole-school programs and efforts to address bullying, harassment and intimidation.  Each school shall provide training that addresses awareness, prevention and early intervention training with students, school staff, school administration, volunteers, and parents, and shall provide training in the implementation of the policy and procedures for teachers and administrators.  The program will include procedures for reporting, investigation, intervention/remediation, responses and consequences, and support services to the student bully, victim, and witnesses and/or any bystanders as appropriate based on factors that include developmental differences of age, maturity, and disabilities, and the context, situation, and severity of the bullying, harassment or intimidation.

 

Reports of bullying, harassment, or intimidation may be made through the use of the Maryland State Department of Education Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form in accordance with the Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005.  The report is made to the School Principal for investigation and subsequent action.  If the report does not result in satisfactory resolution at the school level, the reporter may report to the following Board of Education administrators (in listed order):  (1) Supervisor of Pupil  Services, (2) Director of Elementary or Secondary Education, (3) Executive Director of  Instruction, and (4) Superintendent of Schools.  For further questions about the reporting process, contact may be made to Mr. Dominic Romano, Specialist, School Safety (Telephone Number:  410-767-0301), or Mr. Chuck Buckler, Director, Student Services and Alternative Programs Branch (Telephone Number:  401-767-0311), at the Maryland  State Department of Education.

 

Definitions:

            As used in this policy, “bullying, harassment, or intimidation” means intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, or written conduct or an intentional electronic communication that creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well-being and is:

“Electronic communication” means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer or pager.

 

A school employee who reports an act of bullying, harassment, or intimidation under Section 7-424.1 in accordance with the county board’s policy established under Subsection (C) of Section 7-424.1 is not civilly liable for any act or omission in reporting or failing to report an act of bullying, harassment, or intimidation under this law.

 

The provisions of Section 7-424.1 may not be construed to limit the legal rights of a victim of bullying, harassment, or intimidation.

 

Sources:

 Annotated Code of the Public General Laws of Maryland:  Education Article – Section 7-424 and 7-424.1.

 

            Maryland State Department of Education (2009), Maryland’s Model Policy To Address Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation.

 


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