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PREVENTION OF BULLYING

Policy Number: 
Board File: JICB

The Board of Education recognizes the negative impact that bullying has on student health, welfare, and safety and on the learning environment at school. Bullying is prohibited on all District property, at District or school-sanctioned activities or events, when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by the District or one of its schools, and off school property when such conduct has a nexus to school or any District curricular or non-curricular activity or event.

“Bullying” shall have the meaning described in Colo. Rev. Stats. § 22-32-109.1(1)(b), and includes  any written, verbal or pictorial expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof by a student that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students and is sufficiently severe that it has the effect of:

1.   creating an intimidating, hostile, or significantly offensive environment for the learning or performance of school-sanctioned activities of any student; or

2.   unreasonably interfering with or disrupting the educational performance or participation in any other school-sanctioned activity of any student.

Cyber-bullying (a form of bullying) involves the use of information and communication technologies such as email, cell phone, PDA’s, pagers, text messaging, instant messaging, digital cameras, personal computer, school computer, chat room, personal website, defamatory website, defamatory online personal polling website, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.

All administrators, teachers, classified staff, and students share the responsibility to ensure that bullying does not occur at any District school, on any District property, at any District or school-sanctioned activities or events, when students are being transported in any vehicle dispatched by the District or one of its schools, or off school property when such conduct has a nexus to school or any District curricular or non-curricular activity or event. Toward that end:

  • All students who believe they have been victims of bullying in any such circumstance shall immediately report it to an administrator or teacher at their school.
     
  • All students who witness student bullying in any such circumstance shall immediately report it to an administrator or teacher at their school.
     
  • All administrators and teachers who have any incident of bullying reported to them shall promptly forward the report(s) to the principal or principal’s designee for appropriate action.
     
  • All administrators, teachers, and classified staff who witness student bullying in any such circumstance shall immediately take appropriate action to stop the bullying, as prescribed by the District and the building principal, and shall promptly report the bullying to the principal or principal’s designee for appropriate action.
     
  • Each building principal or principal’s designee shall ensure that all reports involving student bullying in any such circumstance are promptly and thoroughly investigated, and that appropriate action is taken.

In determining the appropriate action to be taken in response to incidents of student bullying, the building principal or principal’s designee shall consider existing policies and regulations that address the type of conduct that may be involved in bullying. Such policies and regulations include, but are not limited to, JBA, JI/JIA, JIC/JICDA, JICC, JICC-R-1, JICC-R-2, JICF, JICI, JIHA, JK, JKC, JKC-R, JKD/JKE, and JKD/JKE-R.

Discipline for student bullying may include suspension, expulsion, and/or classroom removal. In addition, the building principal shall consider other actions which may be appropriate in response to student bullying, including but not limited to:

  • Holding assemblies and implementing programs to warn students that bullying is prohibited and advise them of the consequences for engaging in bullying activity, to encourage all students to immediately report incidences of student bullying, and to engender an atmosphere where bullying is not tolerated at school or school-related activities.
     
  • Implementing student peer mediation programs.
     
  • Holding conferences with the parents of students who continue to engage in bullying after administrator/teacher intervention, in order to develop cooperative strategies to correct the students’ behavior.
     
  • Separating students who continue to engage in bullying after administrator/teacher intervention from other students at school or from particular school programs or activities, until they can conform their behavior to acceptable standards.
     
  • Withholding privileges (i.e., recess, field trips, participation in extracurricular activities, etc.) from students who continue to engage in bullying after administrator/teacher intervention, until they can conform their behavior to acceptable standards.
     
  • Holding training and in-services to assist building staff in being alert to student bullying, taking appropriate action when bullying occurs, and helping to engender an atmosphere where bullying is not tolerated at school or school-related activities.

For any student against whom an allegation under this policy is lodged, that student shall have all of the due process rights contained in JI/JIA, JKD/JKE, and JKD/JKE-R.

Adopted: August 7, 2001
Revised: May 5, 2009
Revised:  July 11, 2017

 

LEGAL REF.:
C.R.S. 22-32-109.1