Bullying 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.
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 to 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 will be maintained, consistent with the district’s legal and investigative obligations. Reprisal or retaliation that occurs as a result of good faith reports of bullying will not be tolerated.
A student who violates this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the Code of Student Conduct, which may include, but not be limited to:
- Counseling within the school.
- Parental conference.
- Loss of school privileges.
- Transfer to another school building, classroom, or school bus.
- Exclusion from school-sponsored activities.
- Counseling/therapy outside of school.
- Referral to law enforcement officials.
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. Gerald Huesken Middle and CV High Schools utilize robust transition and mentoring programs involving students and adults to help incoming students feel comfortable and connected in their new schools.