What is bullying?

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.

Reporting a bullying/harassment incident?

The Bullying Behavior Report Form will be used for written reporting. Reports of bullying will be investigated promptly. The individuals involved will be informed of the process and outcome. 443.71 (cont.) The District will also 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.

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Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

What PBIS?

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide discipline based on a RtI model. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture.

The PBIS model has been successfully implemented in thousands of schools in over 40 states, resulting in dramatic reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement. Data-based decision making is a hallmark of PBIS, allowing successes to be easily shared with all relevant stakeholders.

Currently all of our neighborhood schools implement PBIS as their framework for character education. It also is the framework used to provide a safe, positive, consistent and predictable learning environment for all students, staff and families.

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