8207 – Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying

Adopted
6/17/03
 
Revised
7/10/07
6/7/11

The district is committed to establishing a safe and civil educational environment for all students that is free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying.“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any intentionally written message or image – including those that are electronically transmitted – verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

·Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property

·Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education,

·Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational
environment, or

·Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess the characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

“Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, and weight.

“Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).

Behaviors/Expressions

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying can take many forms including, but not limited to slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, oral, physical, or electronically transmitted messages or images.

This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment.Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom or program rules.

Training

This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful, and inclusive learning community and shall be implemented in conjunction with training of students, staff and volunteers.

Prevention

The district will provide students with strategies aimed at preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying.In its efforts to train students, the district will seek partnerships with families, law enforcement, and other community agencies.

Interventions

Interventions are designed to remediate the impact of the targeted student(s) and others impacted by the violation, to change the behavior of the perpetrator, and to restore a positive school climate.

The district will consider the frequency of incidents, developmental age of the student, and severity of the conduct in determining intervention strategies.Interventions will range from counseling, correcting behavior and discipline, to law enforcement referrals.

Retaliation/False Allegations

Retaliation is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline.It is a violation of this policy to threaten or harm someone for reporting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

It is also a violation of district policy to knowingly report false allegations of harassment, intimidation, and bullying.Students or employees will not be disciplined for making a report in good faith.However, persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.

Compliance Officer

The superintendent will appoint a compliance officer as the primary district contact to receive copies of all formal and informal complaints to ensure policy implementation.The name and contact information for the compliance officer will be communicated throughout the district.The superintendent is authorized to direct the implementation of procedures addressing the elements of this policy.

Legal References:

RCW 28A.300.285 Harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policies.
RCW 28A.600.480 Reporting of harassment, intimidation, or bullying – Retaliation prohibited – Immunity
RCW 9A.36.080 Malicious Harassment – Definition and criminal penalty
RCW 28A.642 K-12 Education – Prohibition of discrimination
RCW 49.60 Washington Law against DiscriminationU.S. Depart. Of Education Dear Colleague Letter, 2010
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.html

Management Resources:Policy News,April 2008 Cyberbullying Policy Required
Policy News,April 2002 Legislature Passes and Anti-Bullying Bill


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