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 cyber-bullying whether or not on school property or using school equipment or resources.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
Bullying is defined in Section 37.0832 of the Education Code as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression though electronic means, or physical conduct that:
- Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm or the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property:
- Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student:
- Materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school: or
- Infringes on the rights of the victim at school
BULLYING INCLUDES CYBER-BULLYING.
Cyber-bullying is defined by Section 37.0832 of the Education Code as bullying that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social medial application, an Internet website, or any other Internet-based communication tool.
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- Withdrawn from family and friends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.
IF YOUR CHILD WITNESSES 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.
- 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