BULLYING IS SERIOUS AND IS TAKEN SERIOUSLY
Students are in school to learn and attain high academic standards. Bullying, like any other violent or disruptive behavior, interferes with learning. District 191 will investigate, respond to and remediate all acts of bullying in order to maintain a safe learning environment in all schools.
Bullying is not allowed in schools, on school property, at school events and activities, or on school buses.
The policy applies to students who bully but also to students who support another student who bullies. The policy also applies to cyberbullying whether or not on school property or using school equipment or resources.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
- Repeated, targeted and intentional behavior.
- Intimidating, threatening, abusive or harming contact that is offensive.
- An actual or perceived imbalance of power between the student who is bullying and the target of the conduct
- Interference with a student’s educational opportunities or performance, or ability to participate in school functions or to receive benefits, services or privileges.
TYPES OF BULLYING
Repeated, targeted and intentional behaviors may include:
- Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property.
- Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, making racist, sexist or bigoted remarks, or verbal abuse.
- Cyberbullying is bullying using technology or other electronic communication that happens on school premises, at school activities, on school transportation, or on school-owned resources. It can also apply to prohibited conduct that occurs off school premises to the extent that it disrupts student learning or the school environment.
SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD MIGHT BE BEING BULLIED
- Withdrawn from family and friends
- Too sick for school, sad, fatigued
- Doesn’t like going to school; grades fall
- Fearful of certain situations (bus, bathrooms, recess, etc.)
HOW TO HELP IF YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED
- Take complaints seriously and listen well
- Tell the school immediately
- Understand that the uneven balance of power in the bullying situation can make it impossible for the children being bullied to handle it alone.
- Teach your child to walk, talk and act confidently. Have them practice and give encouragement.
And if your child sees bullying:
- Help him/her decide on a response.
- Alert the school
HOW TO HELP IF YOUR CHILD IS BULLYING OTHERS
- Get serious about new rules for acceptable behavior.
- Make sure the new rules and non-violent consequences are clear.
- Recognize that most bullies have high self esteem and that bullying is about power.
- Praise your child for positive interactions and for following the new rules.
- Help your child understand how bullying hurts everyone.
WHO DO I CONTACT?
To report bullying or if you have questions/concerns about bullying, please contact your child’s campus. You may also click on the following links to report bullying and you can remain anonymous using this method.
- Welder Elementary
- Sinton Elementary
- Smith Middle School
- Sinton High School
- PACER National Bullying Prevention Center
- The Bully Project
- Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
- Cyberbullying Research Center
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- National Runaway Safeline 1-800-786-2929
- National Victim Center
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800799-7233