Message Regarding Bullying and School Violence

At our schools, bullying of any kind, by any person, is unacceptable

  • Dear Parents/Guardians:

     

    At our schools, bullying of any kind, by any person, is unacceptable. All students should be free from worries about being bullied. Students who bully others must be taught other, appropriate ways of interacting with peers. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the School District’s anti-bullying program and to encourage you to help us identify students who are being bullied.

     

    The School Board policy on bullying begins with this goals statement:

    Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors is an important District goal.

     

    Bullying is defined as follows:

    Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

      1. Placing  the  student  in  reasonable  fear  of  harm  to  the  student’s  person  or property.
      2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
      3. Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance.
      4. Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

    Bullying, intimidation, and/or harassment may take various forms, including without limitation: threats, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying.

     

    We asked our school staff members to respond immediately and with compassion to a student who reports bullying or school violence. After evaluating the situation to determine if an immediate referral to my office is needed, a staff member will give the student our form for reporting bullying, Regulation 5440 (5), Report Form for Bullying and School Violence. We will inform you whenever your child is involved in a bullying report.

     

    We also asked our staff members for their feedback and concerns specifically regarding locations that may be bullying hot spotsneeding additional supervision or monitoring or if there are any known bullies or targets of bullying in our building. We want to ask you to do the same thing. Please inform us if you know of any bullying 'hot spots' in or around our school, or if you are aware of a known bully or target of bullying.

     

    Finally, we requested our staff members to intervene immediately to stop a bullying incident. They will immediately contact building security and/or law enforcement if the incident involves a weapon or other illegal activity.

     

    Below are some of the signs that a young person could be subject to being bullied:

    • Does not want to go to school and refuses to explain the reason
    • Talks about not having any friends
    • Has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches, or abrasions
    • Has unexplained damage to clothing, possessions, books, etc.
    • Frequently loses money or possessions
    • Loses interest in school and/or has declining grades
    • Becomes withdrawn and/or has stress or depression symptoms

     

    If you are aware or become aware of a student who you believe could be the subject of bullying conduct, please make a report to an Administrator. The Administrator will:

    • Acknowledge and review your report.
    • Treat your report with privacy and respect.
    • Investigate your report. The school will not bring students who bully and those they bully into the same room to confront each other. All interviews will be private.
    • Take appropriate action that may include increased monitoring and supervision, restructuring schedules, additional resources, and disciplinary action for conduct code violations, among others, and provide you with feedback, if appropriate.

     

    Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Sincerely,

    Woodridge 68 Administration