(All Grade Levels)
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression,
expression through electronic methods, or physical conduct against another student on school
property, at a school-sponsored or -related activity, or in a district operated vehicle, and the
•Results in harm to the student or the student’s property;
•Places a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or of damage to the student’s
•Is so severe, persistent, and pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or
abusive educational environment.
This conduct is considered bullying if it exploits an imbalance of power between the student
perpetrator(s) and the student victim and if it interferes with a student’s education or
substantially disrupts the operation of the school.
Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing,
confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions,
name-calling, rumor-spreading, or ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through
electronic methods, called “cyberbullying.”
Procedures for Reporting
If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another
student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, school counselor, principal, or
another district employee as soon as possible to obtain assistance and intervention. The
administration will investigate any allegations of bullying or other related misconduct.
If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying has occurred, the administration will take
appropriate disciplinary action. Disciplinary or other action may be taken even if the conduct did
not rise to the level of bullying. The district will also contact the parents of the victim and of the
student who was found to have engaged in the bullying. Available counseling options will be
provided to these individuals, as well as to any students who have been identified as witnesses to
Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.
Upon the recommendation of the administration, the board may, in response to an identified case
of bullying, decide to transfer a student found to have engaged in bullying to another classroom
at the campus. In consultation with the student’s parent, the student may also be transferred to
another campus in the district.
The parent of a student who has been determined by the district to
be a victim of bullying may request that his or her child be transferred to another classroom or
campus within the district. A copy of the district’s policy is available in the principal’s office, superintendent’s office, and
on the district’s website, and is included at the end of this handbook in the form of an appendix.
Procedures related to reporting allegations of bullying may also be found on the district’s
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of an investigation may file an appeal.