Bullying

The Appleton Area School District (AASD) is committed to providing students with a safe, secure, and healthy school environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential. The Board of Education considers bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process and is prohibited.

Education, intervention, awareness, and prevention exists for staff and students to ensure a learning environment that is free of bullying or intimidation.


Bully & Incident Reporting

STOPit is a platform that our district has adopted in order to deter, mitigate, and manage bullying, cyberbullying, and other harmful or inappropriate behavior.

STOPit is a platform that our district has adopted in order to deter, mitigate, and manage bullying, cyberbullying, and other harmful or inappropriate behavior.

STOPit empowers individuals with a simple, completely anonymous mobile app to report incidents, including attaching photo or video evidence.

STOPit’s anonymous two-way chat provides a safe and comfortable way for people to communicate about sensitive issues.

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Don’t have access to a mobile device? 



If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance.

Information for parents

Our students will have access to the STOPit mobile app, which has two simple but powerful features. Report can be used by students to report incidents to school contacts anonymously. Messenger can be used to engage in anonymous two-way communication with school contacts. Both Report and Messenger empower students to stand up for themselves and for one another.

Students have the power to help put an end to harmful and inappropriate behavior they see online through social media and other means. They can use STOPit to reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing bullying, abuse, or are otherwise in need of assistance. Our goal with STOPit is to create a safer, kinder school community, both online and off.

No student information is needed to use STOPit. The only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through STOPit is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message.


Bullying Defined

Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm. Bullying includes aggressive and hostile behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the bullied and is behavior that is repeated over time rather than an isolated incident.

This behavior may include but is not limited to physical and verbal assaults, nonverbal or emotional threats or intimidation, harassment, social exclusion and isolation, extortion, use of computer or telecommunications to send messages that are embarrassing, slanderous, threatening or intimidating (cyber-bullying).

Bullying may also include teasing, put-downs, name calling, rumors, false accusations, and hazing. Bullying based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in its education programs or activities is also prohibited by law and Board policy.


Stop/Walk/and Talk

The AASD curriculum provides students guidelines for school wide expectations and social responsibility outside the classroom. Students are taught the Stop/Walk/ Talk response to disrespectful behavior and practice the skills through role play. 

Stop/Walk/and Talk is a three step response students use to eliminate disrespectful behavior themselves and seek help from an adult if necessary. Students are also taught how to appropriately respond when they are a bystander or the aggressor and practice these skills in groups. The groups address the issues involved with gossiping, inappropriate remarks, and cyber-bullying in each of the roles.

The middle school curriculum also provides guidelines for school wide expectations and social responsibility outside the classroom but places more emphasis on addressing cyber-bullying.

Are staff trained?

Staff have participated in Bullying Prevention training. This training focuses on pre-correction of inappropriate behavior, rewarding the use of the three step response, and responding to reports of disrespectful behavior.

It is well known that schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen, it is imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive to growth. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations, it is our goal to create an atmosphere for learning.


What can parents do?

To be most effective, bullying prevention efforts are the shared responsibility of parents, staff, and community. Parental pride and involvement in the school sets a positive example for children. As adults, we can:

  • Teach self-respect
  • Discuss the seriousness and negative effects of bullying behaviors
  • Work together with your child’s school to develop a consistent approach to bullying behaviors
  • Set a good example. Children learn more by actions than from words
Bullying Prevention Letter to Parents


Disclosure and Public Reporting

Bullying Policy - 443.71​

The District will keep data on the number and types of reports made under this policy. The results of each investigation will verify the details made in the complaint. In addition, an annual record of all sanctions will be kept. No individuals will be named in the annual report and the data will be used to develop prevention programs and strategies relative to the policy.

Appleton Area School District schools will distribute this policy annually to all students enrolled in the District, their parents, and/or guardians and employees. The District will provide a copy of the policy to anyone who requests it.

Reports of bullying may be made verbally, through our STOPit app or in writing and may be made confidentially. All such reports, whether verbal or in writing, will be taken seriously and a clear account of the incident is to be documented. 


Resources

Bullying Prevention Resources

Act Now! Bullying Prevention

National Bullying Prevention Center Resources

StopBullying.gov

DPI Brochure for Parents

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