Bullying: Prevention and Procedures at Sheridan District #1 Schools
Let's work together to make schools a positive, safe place for ALL students
It takes all of us working together to respond to bullying.
Here’s what parents can do:
- If you suspect your child is bullying, appropriate consequences are important. Monitor their behavior and seek additional services to help your child build appropriate self-awareness and social skills. We can help.
- If your child is being bullied, prompt reporting is critical. Report a suspected bullying incident to the school principal or submit a copy of this reporting form to the school office. You also can consider seeking additional services to help your child build useful skills and feel empowered. We can help.
- If your child witnesses bullying, talk about the power of standing up for others by being an up-stander, rather than just a bystander. Stress the importance of reporting bullying to a trusted adult.
Here’s what students can do:
- If you are bullying, that’s not okay. Students who bully will receive consequences and be monitored. You can learn better skills so that your needs are met and you can be a true leader.
- If you feel you’re being bullied, tell the bully to stop and then walk away from the situation. Let an adult know right away – it’s not okay to suffer in silence. We want to listen and help you build confidence and learn skills that can make you feel more in control at school. Report a suspected bullying incident your principal or another trusted adult, or submit a copy of this reporting form to the school office.
- If you witness bullying, tell the bully that what they’re doing is not cool. Stand up for others – be an up-stander, not a bystander. Report what you see to an adult. We’ll all work together to make a difference.
Here’s what we’ll do at school:
- Any school staff member will respond immediately when witnessing aggression or bullying. They’ll let the aggressor know it’s unacceptable and refer the aggressor for discipline and services.
- A staff member will respond immediately to the student being bullied, referring that student for services to help build skills and reduce feelings of isolation.
- As part of the monitoring and follow-up process, a staff member will ask witnesses to report if bullying occurs again.
For more information about bullying prevention and procedures, contact your child's building principal.
Acts of bullying or retaliation, which include cyber-bullying, are prohibited:
- on school grounds and property immediately adjacent to school grounds, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function, or program whether on or off school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased, or used by a school district or school; or through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased, or used by a school district or school, and
- at a location, activity, function, or program that is not school-related through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by a school district or school, if the acts create a hostile environment at school for the target or witnesses, infringe on their rights at school, or materially and substantially disrupt the education process or the orderly operation of a school.
Bullying is the persistent use over time by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, targeted at a student that:
- causes physical or emotional harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
- places the student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property;
- creates a hostile environment at school for the student
- infringes on the rights of the student at school; or
- materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.
Certain forms of bullying may involve criminal acts, which should be promptly reported to local law enforcement.
Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic devices, such as telephones, cell phones, computers, and the Internet. It includes, but is not limited to, e-mail, instant messages, text messages, blogs, mobile phones, pagers, online games and web sites.
Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.
A student who believes he or she has been bullied should report it to school officials without delay. Forms for the reporting of bullying shall be available in each school office, or by clicking here to download.