Ravenswood City School District

 
Bullying Prevention

The Ravenswood City School District believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. The district, schools, and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance.
 
 
The Ravenswood City School District will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. A student shall not intimidate or harass another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes: direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation.
 
The Ravenswood City School District expects students and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee. Staff are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur. Each complaint of bullying should be promptly investigated. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, during the lunch period, whether on or off campus, and during a school-sponsored activity.

To ensure bullying does not occur on school campuses, the Ravenswood City School District will provide staff development training in bullying prevention and cultivate acceptance and understanding in all students and staff to build each school's capacity to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment
 
Teachers should discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and should assure them that they need not endure any form of bullying. Students who bully are in violation of this policy and are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

 
Each school will adopt a Student Code of Conduct to be followed by every student while on school grounds, or when traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, and during lunch period, whether on or off campus.


 
The Student Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to:
 
Any student who engages in bullying may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Students are expected to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee.

Students can rely on staff to promptly investigate each complaint of bullying in a thorough and confidential manner.
 
If the complainant student or the parent of the student feels that appropriate resolution of the investigation or complaint has not been reached, the student or the parent of the student should contact the principal or the Office of Student Services. The school system prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process.
 
The procedures for intervening in bullying behavior include, but are not limited, to the following:

All staff, students and their parents will receive a summary of this policy prohibiting bullying: at the beginning of the school year, as part of the student handbook and/or information packet, as part of new student orientation,and as part of the school system's notification to parents.

The school will make reasonable efforts to keep a report of bullying and the results of investigation confidential.

Staff are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur.

People witnessing or experiencing bullying are encouraged to report the incident; such reporting will not reflect on the victim or witnesses in any way.
Being Bullied

Reports have stated that nearly one-third of American children and teenagers reported they have experienced bullying.

There are three types of bullying: psychological/emotional, verbal and physical. If you notice any of the following signs in a child, it may be an indication that he or she is being bullied.

  • Avoiding particular situation, people or places.

  • Shifts in behavior such as being withdrawn, overly aggressive, or self-destructive.

  • Frequent crying or feeling of sadness.

  • Signs of harm or injuries.
  • Unexplained recurring physical symptoms such as stomach pains.
Being bullied can have life long consequences such as depression, behavior problems and low self-esteem. If you suspect a child may be being bullied, talk to the child and investigate what your district’s policy is on bullying, and take action and include the district in the effort.
 
What is School Bullying?
 
Bullying is exposing a person to abusive actions repeatedly over time. Being aware of children's teasing and acknowledging injured feelings are always important. Bullying becomes a concern when hurtful or aggressive behavior toward an individual or group appears to be unprovoked, intentional, and (usually) repeated.
Bullying is a form of violence. It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, with the more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful. Bullying may be physical (hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing), verbal (taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, threatening), or emotional (spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, extorting , or intimidating). Bullying can occur face-to-face or in the online world.
Bullying is also one or more acts by a pupil or group of pupils directed against another pupil that constitutes sexual harassment, hate violence, or severe or pervasive intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation that is disruptive, causes disorder, and invades the rights of others by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment, and includes acts that are committed personally or by means of an electronic act, as defined.
An "electronic act" is defined as transmission of a communication, including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic devise, including but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.
 

What do bullies do?
 
Bullying actions may be direct or indirect.
Direct bullying or identifiable bullying actions may include:
  •  Hitting, tripping, shoving, pinching, and excessive tickling
  •  Verbal threats, name calling, racial slurs, and insults
  •  Demanding money, property, or some service to be performed
  • Stabbing, choking, burning, and shooting
 
Indirect bullying may be more difficult to detect and may include:
  • Rejecting, excluding, or isolating target (s)
  • Humiliating target(s) in front of friends
  • Manipulating friends and relationships
  • Sending hurtful or threatening e-mail or writing notes
  • Blackmailing, terrorizing, or posing dangerous dares
  • Developing a Web site devoted to taunting, ranking, or degrading a target and inviting others to join in posting humiliating notes or messages
Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.

Los padres juegan un papel clave en la prevención y respuesta  a la intimidación. Si usted sabe o sospecha que su hijo está involucrado en el acoso, hay varios recursos que pueden ayudar.