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Bullying Prevention Policy for Schools

Executive Summary
Bullying in schools interferes with the right of our students to learn in a safe environment. Bully actions have consequences for individuals that may be lifelong, both for those who experience them and those who use them; there are also consequences both for the school and the community.

Here we provide schools with a framework for implementing an effective program to prevent bullying and deal with bully actions and their consequences.

We begin by defining the critical terms bully action and victim response, terms which enable us to separate acts from people and allow us to deal with problems directly, without making people into the problems. Also defined are bystander reaction, retaliation, and several types of bullying typically encountered within a student population.

The bullying policy outlined here addresses what sorts of behavior are prohibited by the school, both on its grounds and anywhere else where students may gather for purposes related to the school. Consequences for bullying actions ranges from counseling and teaching to referral to law enforcement – the goal of all consequences being the restoration of a positive, supportive climate to the school.

The school is given the responsibility for establishing and adhering to a reporting system for bullying incidents; anyone touched by the incident is invited to contribute to the reporting of that incident, even anonymously. Reporting of such incidents, and related data, will be available to state/provincial school boards and local law enforcement as needed. A brief explanation of the reporting system is provided, and typical questions used in interviews of those involved in the incident are offered.

The school is given the responsibility of providing training opportunities, employing materials from No Such Thing as a Bully (NSTAAB), for staff, students, and parents and guardians. School staff will have opportunities to implement these principles in the classroom; parents and guardians will be offered the chance to own NSTAAB reference materials.

The policies outlined here are not intended to infringe on protected rights of individuals.

Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Definitions of Terms
3 Principles and Acknowledgements
4 Prohibitions
5 Resolutions
6 Policy and Procedure

6.1 Informal and Formal Reporting of Bullying Issues
6.2 Investigating and Evaluating Bullying Situations
6.3 Referrals
6.4 Involvement of Parents/Guardians
6.5 Completion of Investigation
6.6 Policy for Consequences of Bullying Situations
6.7 Anti-retaliation provisions
6.8 Written/computer Records
6.9 Training of Educators and Staff in Bullying Prevention and Intervention
6.10 Training of Parents and Guardians in Bullying Prevention and Intervention
6.11 Implementation and Review
6.12 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Programming in the School
6.13 Transparency and monitoring
6.14 Right to other legal recourse
6.15 General Rights
7 Prohibition of Bullying Behaviors Appendix I TIPS – Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services Appendix II What to ask students involved in an investigation

Download the full Bullying Policy 2014 here!