Anti-Bullying Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Legal Reference:  WI Act 309 of 2009

Introduction:

St. Victor School strives to provide a safe, secure, and respectful learning environment for all students in school buildings, on school grounds, in school buses and during school-sponsored activities.  Bullying has a harmful social, physical, psychological, and academic impact on bullies, victims, and bystanders.  St. Victor School consistently and vigorously addresses bullying so that there is no disruption to the learning environment and learning process.

Definition:

Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation, or harm.  Bullying may be repeated behavior and involves an imbalance of power.  The behavior may be motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic, such as, but not limited to:  age; national origin; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical attributes; physical or mental ability or disability; and social, economic, or family status.

Bullying behavior can be:

  1. Physical (e.g. assault, hitting or punching, kicking, theft, threatening behavior)
  2. Verbal (e.g. threatening or intimidating language, teasing or name-calling, racist remarks)
  3. Indirect (e.g. spreading cruel rumors, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or using the Internet—also known as cyber bullying)


Prohibition:

Bullying behavior is prohibited in St. Victor School, its property, and educational environments, including any property or vehicle owned, leased, or used by St. Victor School.  Educational environments include but are not limited to every activity under school supervision.

Procedure for Reporting/Retaliation:

All school staff members and school officials who observe or become aware of acts of bullying are required to report these acts to the school principal or pastor.

Any other person, including a student who is either a victim of the bullying or is aware of the bullying or any other concerned individual is encouraged to report the conduct to a school staff member, the principal, or the pastor.

Reports of bullying may be made verbally 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.  A written record of the report, including all pertinent details, will be made by the recipient of the report.  There shall be no retaliation against individuals making such reports.  Individuals engaging in retaliatory behavior will be subject to disciplinary action.

Procedure for Investigating Reports of Bullying:

The school official receiving a report of bullying shall immediately notify the principal or pastor.  The principal, pastor, or their designee shall, within one school day, interview the persons reported to have been involved in the bullying incident(s) and collect whatever other information is necessary to determine the facts and the seriousness of the report.  Parents and/or guardians of each pupil involved in the bullying will be notified prior to the conclusion of the investigation.  St. Victor School shall maintain the confidentiality of the report and any related pupil records to the extent required by law.

Sanctions and Supports:

If it is determined that a student participated in bullying behavior or retaliated against anyone due to the reporting of bullying behavior, the principal and/or pastor, at their discretion, may take disciplinary action. This disciplinary action may include but is not limited to any or all of the following:  parent and student meeting(s) with the pastor and the principal; a recommendation that the student and/or family undergo counseling; a written or verbal apology to the victim and the victim’s family; suspension; expulsion; and/or referral to the law enforcement officials for possible legal action as appropriate.  School staff will provide support for the identified victim(s).

Disclosure and Reporting:

The policy will be distributed annually to all students enrolled in St. Victor School, their parents and/or guardians and employees.  St. Victor School will also provide a copy of the policy to any person who requests it.

Records will be maintained on the number and types of reports made, and sanctions imposed for incidents found to be in violation of the bullying policy.

An annual summary report shall be prepared and presented to the Educational Advisory Board and the Home and School Association, which includes trends in bullying behavior, recommendations on how to further reduce bullying behavior, and proactive procedures designed to prevent bullying being used by St. Victor School.