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Reporting Bullying

Bullying (All Grade Levels)
The district strives to prevent bullying, in accordance with the district’s policies, by promoting a
respectful school climate; encouraging reporting of bullying incidents, including anonymous
reporting; and investigating and addressing reported bullying incidents.

Bullying is defined in state law as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more
students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves
engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical
conduct that:

 Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a
student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s
person or of damage to the student’s property;
 Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates
an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student;
 Materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of
a classroom or school; or
 Infringes on the rights of the victim at school.
Bullying includes cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is defined in state law as bullying that is done
through the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of:

 A cellular or other type of telephone
 A computer
 A camera
 Electronic mail
 Instant messaging
 Text messaging
 A social media application
 An internet website
 Any other internet-based communication tool.
Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include:
 Hazing
 Threats
 Taunting
 Teasing
 Confinement
 Assault
 Demands for money
 Destruction of property
 Theft of valued possessions
 Name-calling
 Rumor-spreading
 Ostracism

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or witnesses the bullying of
another student, the student or parent should notify a teacher, school counselor, principal, or
another district employee as soon as possible. Procedures for reporting allegations of bullying
may be found on the district’s website.

1. A student may anonymously report an alleged incident of bullying by Phone: 1-
855-4ALERT1, ext. 1040
2. Text: Text#1040 @tip + your tip to ALERT1 (253781)
3. Email:
4. Web:

The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and related misconduct. The
district will also provide notice to the parent of the alleged victim and the parent of the student
alleged to have engaged in bullying.

If an investigation determines that bullying occurred, the administration will take appropriate
disciplinary action and may, in certain circumstances, notify law enforcement. Disciplinary or
other action may be taken even if the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying.
Available counseling options will be provided to the affected individuals, including any student
who witnessed the bullying.

Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.
Upon recommendation of the administration, the board may transfer a student found to have engaged
in bullying to another classroom at the campus. In consultation with the student’s parent, the board
may transfer the student to another campus in the district.

The parent of a student who has been determined to be a victim of bullying may request that the
student be transferred to another classroom or campus within the district. [See Safety
Transfers/Assignments on page 19 of the Student Handbook.]

A copy of the district’s bullying policy is available in the principal’s office, superintendent’s
office, and on the district’s website, and is included at the end of this handbook as an appendix.
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of an investigation may appeal
through policy FNG(LOCAL).