|Policies and Procedures Handbook|
Last Updated: 10/27/2009
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
PREVENTION OF BULLYING, HARASSMENT OR INTIMIDATION
The Garrett County Public Schools and its schools will implement the following procedures to prevent, intervene, remediate and provide consequences for bullying, harassment or intimidation within a whole-school prevention/intervention program.
A. Annual professional development will be provided for administrators and all school staff to increase awareness of the prevalence, causes and consequences of bullying, harassment or intimidation and of the use of evidence-based prevention programs. Procedures for reporting of bullying, harassment or intimidation, as well as training in appropriate responses to students who bully, are bullied and/or are bystanders that report bullying will be provided. This training will include employees hired throughout the school year.
B. School-wide programs will be implemented that include evidence-based strategies and programs for students, systems of positive behavior supports, and/or efforts to improve school climates. Anti-bullying efforts will include student instruction, peer support and student involvement, and establishment of a climate of mutual respect which supports the reporting of incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation.
C. Schools will collaborate with and inform the community and families about bullying, harassment or intimidation, the schools= efforts to prevent it and of the procedures for reporting incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation.
D. Schools will participate in biennial school/building data collection on the prevalence of bullying and use this data to guide efforts to prevent and intervene for bullying, harassment or intimidation.
A. Annual staff development will include training of school staff in the appropriate responses to perpetrators and victims of bullying, as well as to bystanders who report bullying.
B. Each school will develop a continuum of interventions for students who bully to prevent further incidents. These interventions will address the social-emotional, behavioral and academic needs of these students, teach replacement behaviors, develop empathy, tolerance and sensitivity to diversity, and provide remedial measures to correct the bullying behavior.
C. Each school will provide support and counseling for the victim, and consequences for the perpetrators that provide the victim with protection from retaliation and further episodes of bullying, and will insure the safety of the victim.
D. Health, mental health and community agency resources will be utilized to address perpetrators who are not responsive to school interventions to stop bullying, and to assist victims or witnesses whose mental or physical health, safety or academic performance is impacted.
E. Intervention will be provided that includes positive behavioral discipline and recognition for positive behavior change by the student who previously bullied, for the student who was bullied and for bystanders who report a bullying situation.
III. Consequences and Remedial Actions
Consequences and remedial actions shall be provided for students who commit acts of bullying, harassment or intimidation, for students who retaliate for the reporting of bullying, or for students who make false accusations, following an appropriate investigation of the reported offense. Consequences and remediation should be applied fairly and consistently; be based on developmental differences of age, maturity and disabilities; and on the context, situation, and severity of the incident. Consequences and remedial action may include but not be limited to the following:
V. Information and Availability of the Reporting Form for Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation
VI. Use of the Reporting Form for Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation
Exposing a student to intentional negative actions on the part of one or more other students which adversely affect the victim=s ability to participate in or benefit from the school's educational programs or activities.
Perceived or actual experiences of discomfort with identity issues in regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or other identifying characteristics by a student which adversely affects that student's ability to participate in or benefit from the school's educational program or activities.
Subjection of a student to intentional action that seriously threatens and induces a sense of fear and/or inferiority which adversely affects that student=s ability to participate in or benefit from the school's educational program or activities.
An act of reprisal or getting back at a person for an act he/she has committed.
Sexual harassment shall include, but not be limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
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