POLICY: Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment
Bullying is contrary to State law and Arlyn policy. Bullying interferes with student learning and disrupts Arlyn School’s ability to fulfill its mission to build a safe, therapeutic, student-centered learning community. Arlyn School and its constituents are committed to cultivating and maintaining a learning environment that does not reinforce bullying, intimidation, or harassment, but encourages openness, tolerance, selflessness, understanding, extraordinary kindness, and respect.
“Bullying”, including “cyber-bullying,” is any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
1. placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm, or harm to property;
2. causing a substantially detrimental effect on student physical or mental health;
3. substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
4. substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Bullying bullying may take various forms, including without limitation one or more of the following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying.
The Administrative Team and school staff shall develop and maintain a program that:
- Fully implements and enforces each of the following policies:
- Harassment of Students is Prohibited: This policy prohibits any person from engaging in discrimination or harassment based on sex, race, age, disability, color, creed, national origin, religion, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, or other protected group status.
- Student Discipline: This policy prohibits students from engaging in any form of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to another, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited conduct includes use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, harassment, bullying, hazing, or other conduct deemed to impinge upon another’s well-being.
- Restriction on Publications and Written or Electronic Material.
This policy prohibits students from:
A. accessing and/or distributing at school, any written or electronic material, including material from the Internet, that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities.
B. distributing written or electronic material, including Internet content, that causes substantial disruption to school operations, or interferes with the rights of students or staff.
- Examines conditions that underlie bullying, intimidation, and harassment, and implements responses designed to eliminate or prevent these disruptive behaviors.
- Strives to extend responses to bullying beyond traditional punitive disciplinary actions.
- Includes curriculum in bullying prevention and character instruction for all grades in accordance with state law and school policy. This includes incorporating student social-emotional development in curriculum and student policy.
- Fully informs staff of Arlyn’s goal to prevent students from engaging in bullying, and clearly articulates measures being used to accomplish this goal: (a) communicates the expectation–and the State law requirement–that teachers and other employees maintain an appropriate level of discipline; (b) establishes a process for staff members to fulfill their obligation to report alleged bullying, intimidation, harassment, and actual or threatened violence.
- Encourages all stakeholders, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, to report alleged bullying, intimidation, harassment, and actual or threatened violence.
- Engages students, parents, guardians, and stakeholders in the remediation of bullying behavior. Arlyn policy–and state law–indicate that parents/guardians be notified whenever their child engages in behavior that violates bullying policy.
- Communicates to the student body an expectation of proper regard for the rights and welfare of all. This includes a process for commending and acknowledging students for demonstrating appropriate and exemplary behavior.
- Annually communicates policy and information to all students and parents/guardians explaining the serious disruption caused by bullying, intimidation, or harassment, and states these behaviors are unacceptable in any form and will be taken seriously.
- Establishes a process for monitoring, collecting, and analyzing appropriate data on the nature and extent of bullying at Arlyn; assesses the effectiveness of the various strategies, programs, and procedures; reports the results of this assessment to the Board of Directors, and provides a system allowing students and staff to make recommendations to enhance effectiveness of this policy.
- Complies with State and federal law. The policy will be updated every 2 years after its initial adoption, will be filed with the Illinois State Board of Education after the Arlyn Board of Directors adopts or updates it.
- Provides documents and policies for reporting bullying, including but not limited to, identifying and providing the school e-mail address (if applicable) and school telephone number for the staff person or persons responsible for receiving such reports and a procedure for anonymous reporting.
Full implementation of the above policy includes:
- Conducting a prompt and thorough investigation of alleged incidents of bullying, intimidation, or harassing behavior;
- Tracking and reporting incidents of bullying and/or intimidation;
- Remediating violations of these policies with appropriate consequences assigned to the aggressor, and providing appropriate assistance to the aggressed;
- Protecting students against retaliation for reporting conduct that violates this policy.
- School social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services.