The Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying against pupils. A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for pupils to learn and achieve high academic standards. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a pupil’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its pupils in a safe environment; and since pupils learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying. 

"Harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means any gesture, written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function or on a school bus and that: 
  1. Is motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability; or
  2. By any other distinguishing characteristic; and 
  3. A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of harming a pupil or damaging the pupil’s property, or placing a pupil in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or 
  4. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any pupil or group of pupils in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school. 
“Electronic communication” means communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including but not limited to, a telephone, cellular phone, computer, pager, or other mobile device.

Acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may also be a pupil exercising power and control over another pupil, either in isolated incidents (e.g., intimidation, harassment) or patterns of harassing or intimidating behavior (e.g., bullying). 

The district prohibits active or passive support for harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Pupils are encouraged to support other pupils who walk away from these acts when they see them, constructively attempt to stop them, and report these acts to the building Principal or designee. 

Pupils are required to conform to reasonable standards of socially acceptable behavior; respect the person, property and rights of others; obey constituted authority; and respond to school district teaching, support and administrative staff. 

Remediation/intervention may include, but is not limited to: parent conferences, pupil counseling, peer support groups, corrective instruction or other relevant learning or service experiences, supportive pupil interventions, behavioral management plans, and/or alternative placements.  

Consequences may include, but are not limited to: admonishment, temporary removal from the classroom, administrative detention, out-of-school suspension, reports to law enforcement, and/or removal from school.  

Each school Principal will develop and provide a school-based program for appropriate recognition for positive reinforcement for good conduct, self-discipline, good citizenship and academic success.

“Hazing” of any kind will not be tolerated, and may be considered a form of assault (see Dangerous Conduct). Students involved in such activities will face disciplinary sanctions as provided in the Code of Discipline.