USD #315- Policy on Bullying
Level 3 Violations:
Conference with administrator, parent notification, may earn detention, may earn ISS or OSS 1-10 days,
- May recommend a Long-term Suspension or Expulsion
- Fighting Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs
- Tobacco Possession/Use Theft/Vandalism More than $50 (restitution)
- Accumulation of Level 1 and 2 Infractions Others as Determined by the Administration
- Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation of Student or Staff Member
USD #315 encourages students and parents to report bullying incidents to school administrators and staff.
Colby Public Schools
Character Education/Anti-Bullying Program
What is bullying behavior? USD #315 recognizes the following definition:
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. (www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/)
USD #315 understands that bullying is not a new problem but takes on new dimensions through technology. Cyber- bullying is often more damaging to the victim than face to face conflict because it often happens when the victim is at home, sometimes alone, sometimes late at night and often when the victim is being left out of a social situation by peers. Cyber-bullying presents a new situation for school officials since it rarely occurs during school hours. If parents and children can’t resolve such issues and it affects students while at school, law enforcement may be involved in the resolution.
USD #315 recognizes parents are the most important Character Education teachers for their children. Character is formed early in children, usually at home by what they hear, what they see, and what they are repeatedly exposed to. Parents whom choose to teach children how to handle conflict, how to cope with situations that cause stress and distress, how to turn off technical devices and report a cyber- bully incident, and how to treat themselves and others with respect are teaching sound character building skills. Parents and extended family whom model socially acceptable social skills, coping behaviors, common courtesy and manners are teaching sound character. USD #315 can only provide an opportunity through Character Education for students to reinforce and supplement what is taught at home because parents and extended family are the role models with the most impact on children.
USD #315 is providing the opportunity for students to learn skills to help with conflict resolution, reporting skills and coping skills through CHARACTER COUNTS. This program is based on six pillars or themes: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
In Colby Elementary, the CHARACTER COUNTS curriculum is being delivered through monthly classroom lessons, weekly small group counseling sessions, and school-wide intercom announcements. In addition, the Bucket Filler program is a yearlong behavior incentive plan that promotes good character as well as improved social skills. Bullying awareness is addressed through supplemental activities provided at various times to each grade level. These activities include children’s books and DVDs (K-5), along with locker posters, and bookmarks (grades 3-5), for example. All of these activities serve to enhance student awareness and application of the six pillars mentioned above. Administration and staff handle bullying situations according to the Student/Parent handbook (p.33).
Colby Middle School is delivering CHARACTER COUNTS lessons through seminar class by teaching monthly lessons. Bulletin boards also display anti-bullying messages throughout the year. All staff is expected to model the CHARACTER COUNTS Program and assist students in further development of responsibility, coping skills, common courtesy, respect for self and others and kindness. Staff monitors hallways, lunchroom, corridor, gym area, and in front of the building when students are in these areas. CMS recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and the importance of assistance for students middle school age in learning sound life skills. In any social situation of disagreement students are given the opportunity to resolve the conflict with mediation assistance from an adult staff member. If this fails and discipline is necessary then the principal becomes involved and discipline is imposed. When administration becomes involved bullying is handled as a Level 3 Violation as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook (p. 33). If necessary, law enforcement becomes involved in the situation.
Colby High School approaches Character Education in several ways. In English II, Lessons in Life unit topics include: gratitude, respect, caring, and responsibility. The Character Counts curriculum is also included in Law and Public Safety Class and in American History classes.
CHS has bulletin boards addressing areas connected with Bullying and Anti-Bullying behaviors. Examples include being truthful when using social media, and student pledges to stand up against bullying behaviors. It is our goal to update bulletin boards on a regular basis with character education and anti-bullying messages.
Administration and staff members try to greet students every morning when arriving to school. Staff members are in the hallways between classes greeting students and encouraging positive citizenship.
When bullying occurs and is reported, administrative staff responds to the incident by meeting with the student(s), assigning appropriate discipline as outlined in the USD 315 Handbook (p. 33). Bullying is considered a Level 3 Violation and can result in detention, Out of School Suspension or In School Suspension for 1-10 days.