Bullying/Cyberbullying

  • Bullying/Cyberbullying

    Policy Summary

    Bulling by Conestoga Valley students is strictly prohibited in school board policy. The board recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of  fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence.

    Definition

    Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting or where the behavior directly impacts the school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:

    • Substantial interference with a student’s education.
    • Creation of a threatening environment.
    • Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.
    Bullying, as defined in this policy, includes cyberbullying.

    Reporting & Discipline

    Students who have been bullied should promptly report such incidents ot the building principal or his/her designee. Complaints will be investigated promptly,and corrective action will be taken when allegations are verified. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the district’s legal and investigative obligations. Reprisals or retaliation that occur as a result of good faith reports of bullying will not be tolerated.

    A student who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the Code of Student Conduct, which may include, but not be limited to:

    1. Counseling within the school.
    2. Parental conference.
    3. Loss of school privileges.
    4. Transfer to another school building, classroom or school bus.
    5. Exclusion from school-sponsored activities.
    6. Detention.
    7. Suspension.
    8. Expulsion.
    9. Counseling/Therapy outside of school.
    10. Referral to law enforcement officials.
    Bullying Prevention

    All schools in Conestoga Valley have anti-bullying programs. All elementary and middle schools utilize strategies from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Teachers have been trained in the use of classroom meetings for problem solving. The program also includes assemblies for students and strategies for parents. CV Middle and High Schools utilize robust transition and mentoring programs, involving students and adults, to help incoming students feel comfortable and connected in their new schools.