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Bullying Prevention Plan

APS Bullying Prevention Plan

Definition

Bullying is unfair and one-sided behavior.  It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose, in person or via multi-media.

To Determine If Bullying Incident

TO QUALIFY AS BULLYING, INCIDENT MUST INVOLVE AN IMBALANCE OF POWER BETWEEN THE TARGET AND THE STUDENT WHO ACTS AGGRESSIVELY. Bullying usually involves multiple incidences, aggressor (be sensitive to labeling students) & the target have drastically different reactions to the incident, and target feels powerless to self advocate.

   New incident              Repeated incident (# of documented incidents _____)            Imbalance of power (see above)

Procedure for Reporting an Incident of Bullying Behavior

STAFF

  • Referral form is given to the designated administrator (principal or assistant principal). 
  • A Harassment/Bullying Incident Referral Form is filled out and turned in to an administrator.

STUDENTS

  • Student may bring the incident to the attention of a teacher, counselor, principal, or any school personnel.
  • A Student Harassment/Bully Report Form is filled out and turned in to a Box in the front office or given to a staff person.  This box will be checked daily by an administrator.

PARENTS

  • Parents are encouraged to report any incidents of bullying to the administrator.

School Policy on Reporting Incidents of Bullying

  • Anyone who sees or hears of a bullying incident must report through the referral system.
  • All referrals should be submitted to the administrator within one day of incident or report of incident.
  • If it is an immediate safety concern, the staff member will contact the office to escort the student who is acting aggressively to the front office to ensure student safety.

School Policy on Responding to Incidents of Bullying

  • Teachers and other school staff who witness or receive reports of acts of bullying will appropriately intervene and complete referral form.
  • A discovery process will take place where all parties involved (target, bystanders and student(s) acting aggressively) are interviewed separately [MEDIATION IS NOT APPROPRIATE if bullying is indicated] insuring the confidentiality of reporters, bystanders, targets and students acting aggressively.  Findings should be documented on the Discovery Process Form.
  • Teachers and other staff who are involved with the students will be notified to help monitor and prevent further bullying situations (because many times bullying is subtle, cumulative and retaliatory).
  • If it is deemed a bullying situation, parents of all students involved will be notified of the incident and of outcomes which pertain to their child. REMEMBER you must maintain confidentiality about other students involved.

School Policy on Disciplinary Steps to Incidents of Bullying

  • Consistent response and consequences for students who act aggressively and bystanders when appropriate per APS district policies and Student Behavior Handbook.
  • Provide classroom guidance curriculum regarding the expected behaviors of the school or classroom, possible consequences for inappropriate behavior, and the school procedure to report incidents of bullying.
  • Conduct a parent education meeting to facilitate a discussion on types of bullying, effective parent responses, and how parents can report incidents of bullying.  A power point presentation entitled, Parenting to Prevent Bullying, is available for check out from the H&W Resource Library.  
  • Administrators will be available to talk with target and parents about what would help them feel safer at school.
  • Offer support services to both target and the student who is acting aggressively which are available through school counselor, social worker, and/or the Health & Wellness Team (possibly, a mental health community provider).