Students are often left out of the conversation when it comes to bullying prevention. This short video gives students the opportunity to discuss what they think bullying is, compare it to local and state definitions, and more importantly talk about what they can do to prevent and respond to bullying, in addition to sharing how they would like students to treat each other at their school.
Freedom from Bullying and Cyber Bullying
The School prohibits bullying as defined by this policy, as well as retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process. Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the School that:
- Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or
- Is sufficiently sever, persistent, and pervasive enough the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
Conduct described above is considered bullying if that conduct:
- Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
- Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of the School.
The School also prohibits cyberbullying, which is defined as the use of any electronic communication device to engage in bullying or intimidation.
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced any form of bullying or believes that another student has experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to the Principal, a teacher, counselor, or other school employee. A report may be made orally or in writing. Any school employee who receives notice that a student has or may have experienced bullying shall immediately notify the Principal. Contact information for campuses:
Jenny Peterson, Director of Special Programs, Phone: 512-459-1000, Email
New Life Campus
Jonathon Stanford, Dean of Instruction, Phone: 830-964-4390, Email
Sandra Flores, Principal, Phone: 281-392-7505, Email
Keely Reynolds, Principal, Phone: 512-376-2518, Email
Bokenkamp Campus and New Hope Campus
Hilda Vega, Principal, Phone: 361-994-1214, Email
Big Sandy, Chapel Hill, Willowbend and Willowbend Youth and Family Campuses
Nicki Cornejo, Principal, Phone: 903-309-6801, Email
Investigation of Report
The Principal shall determine whether the allegations in the report, if proven, would constitute prohibited harassment, and if so proceed under that policy instead. See “Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation,” page 23. The Principal shall conduct an appropriate investigation based on the allegations in the report, and shall take prompt interim action calculated to prevent bullying during the course of an investigation, if appropriate.
The Principal shall prepare a written report of the investigation, including a determination of whether bullying occurred, and send a copy to the Superintendent. If the results of an investigation indicated that bullying occurred, the School shall promptly respond by taking appropriate disciplinary or corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The School may take action based on the results of an investigation, even if the School concludes that the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying under this policy.
To the greatest extent possible, the School shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to conduct a thorough investigation.
A student or parent/guardian/surrogate who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through the School’s grievance procedure. See “Student or Parent/guardian/surrogate Complaints and Concerns”, page 41 of the Parent/Student Handbook.