The Board of Education is committed to preventing and prohibiting bullying at school, consistent with Section 1310b of the Revised School Code. “Bullying,” for purposes of this policy, means any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one or more District students, either directly or indirectly, by doing any of the following: substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits or programs; adversely affecting a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities by placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress; having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health; or, causing substantial disruption in, or interference with, the orderly operation of the school. “At school,” for purposes of this policy means anywhere on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle and at a school-sponsored activity, regardless whether the activity is held on school premises. “At school” includes the use of a telecommunications access device or telecommunications service provider owned by or under the control of the District.
Prohibition – The Board of Education prohibits the bullying of any District student at school, regardless of the motive of the perpetrator. The Board of Education also prohibits retaliation or false accusation against a target of bullying, a witness or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying at school.
Reporting, Notification and Investigation – District staff members and students are required to report to the building principal, or his or her designee, whenever they have reason to believe a District student has been subjected to bullying at school. Upon receiving a report of bullying, the building principal, or his or her designee, will promptly conduct an investigation; prepare a written summary, including his or her determinations of fact and culpability; initiate disciplinary action, if warranted; and, notify the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the victim and the perpetrator of his or her conclusions, consistent with the District’s FERPA policy. The investigation will include, at a minimum, interviews with and written statements from the putative victim and perpetrator. In the event of significant discrepancies in the accounts of the putative victim and perpetrator, the investigation will include interviews and written statements from witnesses and the review of documentary information, if available. The building principal will provide a copy of his or her written summary to the District’s Deputy Superintendent.
Administrative Regulations. The Superintendent is authorized and directed to promulgate such administrative regulations as may be necessary to implement this policy consistent with Section 1310b of the Revised School Code.
Responsible School Official. The Principal of each school building is primarily responsible for implementing this policy for the school to which he or she is assigned.
Publication. The Superintendent is directed to revise the District’s Student Code of Conduct, consistent with this policy, to prohibit bullying at school. The Superintendent is also directed to post this policy and the District’s Student Code of Conduct on the District’s website.
Reporting. The Superintendent will report all verified incidents of bullying and the resulting consequences, including discipline and referrals, to the Board of Education on an annual basis.
LEGAL REF: Public Act 241 and Revised School Code, Section 1310b