An act of bullying, by either an individual student or a group of students, is expressly prohibited on school district property or at school-related functions. “Bullying” means intimidating, threatening, abusive or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and an actual or perceived imbalance of power exists between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; or materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services or privileges.
The term “bullying” specifically includes cyberbullying, which means bullying using technology or other electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a transfer of a sign, signal, writing, image, sound, or data, including a post on a social network Internet website or forum, transmitted through a computer, cell phone, or other electronic device. The term applies to prohibited conduct which occurs on school premises, on school district property, at school functions or activities, on school transportation, or on school computers, networks, forums, and mailing lists, or off school premises to the extent that it substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the school environment.
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of bullying, or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying shall report the alleged acts immediately to the appropriate school district officials (teachers, administrators, coaches/advisors and other employees). A student may report bullying anonymously, but action may not be taken against an alleged perpetrator based solely on an anonymous report.
For additional information refer to School Board Policy 578
on the school district website or in the school office.