Cherokee Central Schools Bullying Policy
Cherokee Central Schools' have adopted an anti-bullying policy that entitles all students to be treated with respect and understanding, and to participate in any activity without fear of intimidation. This policy will continue to be enforced and applies to all students attending Cherokee Central Schools. Parents and students should be informed that any behavior that is determined to be “bullying” will be addressed according to the following policy:
The Cherokee Central Schools is committed to providing a safe and civil educational environment for all students, free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. The terms "harassment", "intimidation or bullying" refers to any intentional written, verbal, sexual, gesture or physical act, when the intentional message:
- Physically or psychologically harms a student or damages the student's property;
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or
- Is severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
- Has the effect of disrupting the orderly operations of the school.
This policy does not require a student to possess a characteristic that is perceived as a basis for harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Every student has the right to feel safe from bullying at school. This is part of the schools’ duty of care to provide a safe and supportive school environment.
Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including, but not limited to: rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawing cartoons, pranks, gestures, name calling, tripping, extortion, trickery, racial insults, exclusion from play, taunting, physical attacks, threats, and oral or physical actions. All bullying includes the following characteristics:
- It tends to be prolonged and repetitive,
- It involves an imbalance of control, and it may be verbal, physical, sexual, social or psychological.
This policy will include "cyber bullying"; "the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mails, cell phone, text messaging, instant messaging, defamatory personal websites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites that support deliberate, repeated and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm and/or defame others." Cyber bullying appears to have a more severe impact because it can cover a larger audience. It may include sounds, pictures, slides and altered graphics.
To effectively prevent bullying Cherokee Central Schools will adopt a whole-school developmental approach that focuses on safety and well-being through out all schools. Counseling, corrective discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator and eliminate the impact on the victim. This includes appropriate interventions to restore a positive climate and provide support for victims. False reports or retaliation for harassment, intimidation or bullying also constitute violations of this policy
Any student, parent or faculty member may make a report or complaint of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Such complaints must be appropriately investigated and handled consistent with due process requirements. Reports may be made to any staff member. It is the students' responsibility to report bullying incidents to a staff member. Students who retaliate against another student because of bullying will receive the same disciplinary action as the student who initiates the incident. Retaliation may include verbal comments and/or written statements. Staff shall direct potential complaints to an administrator who can explain the complaint process and what to expect as a result of their behavior. Staff must inform an administrator or designated staff person when they receive complaints of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
1. All complaints shall be in writing by the student, parent or the designated staff person. Staff will be required to report all incidents of bullying to an administrator/designee.
2. The administrator/designee may decide to file a formal complaint (discipline referral) based on information he receives in the process of an investigation with (or without) the request of the victim.
3. The administrator/designee shall investigate all complaints of harassment, intimidation or bullying and other information that the administrator believes requires further investigation.
4. When the investigation is complete the administrator/designee shall complete a full written report of the complaint and the results of the investigation. The report will be filed as a discipline record.
5. If physical attacks, intimidations or sexual harassment occurs, parents have the legal right to file charges/complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency.
The student discipline policy classifies "bullying" as a Level II or Level III offense and will be referred to administration with one or more of the following consequences depending on the severity and duration of the incident:
First reported incident
1. If appropriate and depending on the severity of the activity the complainant may choose to explain to the bully that the conduct is unwelcome, inappropriate either face to face or in writing.
2. A statement to the bully and parent from an administrator where there is a review of the Cherokee Central Schools policy on bullying, harassment, intimidation without identifying the student who made the complaint.
3. Referral to the School Counselor.
Second Reported Incident
1. Student will be informed that they are now in the “three strikes zone”, this is strike one of three. Two more reported incidents will result in long term suspension.
2. In school suspension three (3) days. (High school and middle school). Elementary students will receive (3) days out of school suspension
Third Reported Incident
1. Student and parent will be notified in writing that there are two reported incidents; this is strike two of three.
2. Out of school suspension for (5) days (high school ,middle school and elementary)
Fourth Reported Incident
1. Out of School suspension for the remainder of the school year.
2. When disciplinary action results in suspension or expulsion from school the parent/guardian and student will follow the due process. The application of this policy to special education students should be evaluated by the Multi-Disciplinary Committee (DC) and recommendations should be approved by Director of Education before being applied on a case by case review.