Bullying Prevention Policy
The USD #326 board prohibits bullying in any form on school property, in a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event.
The administration shall propose, and the board shall review and approve, a plan to address bullying on school property, in a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event.
The plan shall include provisions for the training and education of staff and students. The plan shall be submitted to the board for its approval. When the plan is approved, the superintendent shall assure that the plan is implemented.
Students who have bullied others in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion. If appropriate, students who violate the bullying prohibition shall be reported to local law enforcement.
As used in this policy, the following definitions apply:
- Bullying means:
- Any intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal, or physical act or threat that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student or staff member reasonable person, under the circumstances, knows, or should know, will have the effect of:
- Harming a student or staff member, whether physically or mentally;
- Damaging a student’s or staff member’s property;
- Placing a student or staff member in a reasonable fear of harm to the student or staff member; or
- Placing a student or staff member in a reasonable fear of damage to the student’s or staff member’s property.
B. Cyberbullying; or
C. Any other form of intimidation or harassment prohibited by any policy of USD #326.
- Cyberbullying means bullying by use of any electronic communication device through means including, but not limited to, 3-mail, instant messaging, text messages,, blogs, mobile phones, pagers, online games, and websites
- School vehicle means any school bus, school van, other school vehicle and private vehicle used to transport students or staff members to and from school or any school-sponsored activity or event. (Adopted: 9-10-2007; Revised: 7-14-08, 5-13-13)