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Anti-Bullying Policy

Policy Statement on School Bullying Prevention

Purpose: To establish a policy and uniform approach to prevent bullying.

Issue: Chester Community Charter School recognizes that safe learning environments are necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Our school strives to provide safe learning environments for all students and all employees.

Policy:

  1. Prohibition of Bullying

    To further these goals, Chester Community Charter School prohibits the bullying of any person on school property, at school functions, by use of data or computer software accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network or other electronic technology of the school from kindergarten through grade eight. Chester Community Charter School further prohibits reprisal, retaliation or false accusation against a target, witness or one with reliable information about an act of bullying.
     
  2. Definition of Bullying

    As used in this policy, bullying means any intentional written, electronic, verbal or physical act or actions against a student, school volunteer or school employee that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know, would have the effect of:
    1. Placing a student, school volunteer or school employee in a reasonable fear of substantial harm to his or her emotional or physical well-being, or substantial damage to his or her property; or
    2. Creating a hostile, threatening, humiliating or abusive education environment due to persuasiveness or persistence of actions, or due to a power differential between the bully and the target; or
    3. Interfering with a student having a safe school environment necessary to facilitate educational performance, opportunities or benefits; or
    4. Perpetuating bullying by inciting, soliciting or coercing an individual or group to demean, dehumanize, embarrass or cause emotional, psychological or physical harm to another student, school volunteer or school employee.
       
  3. Reporting Requirements

    Bullying is unacceptable and a culture of openness is the best way to counter such behavior. It is the responsibility of each member of the school community: pupils, staff and parents to report instances of bullying or suspicious of bullying, with the understanding that all such reports will be listened to and taken seriously. Any school employee with reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to suspect a person is a target of bullying shall immediately report it to the school administration.
     
  4. Investigative Procedures
     
    1. Chester Community Charter School shall maintain a procedure to promptly investigate in a timely manner and determine whether bullying has occurred.
    2. All confirmed bullying incidents must be reported to the principal, assistant principal, or behavior specialist immediately.
    3. Some acts of bullying may also be crimes, which will be reported to the police.
       
  5. Consequences for Bullying

    Consequences for bullying are described in the Chester Community Charter School’s Student Code of Conduct.
     
  6. Retaliation

    Retaliation for reporting bullying is prohibited. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in retaliation shall be determined by the administrator after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act.
     
  7. Accountability

    Each school shall verify for the Chief Executive Officer the method and date the policy has been distributed to all students, parents, faculty and staff.

Consequences

Grades K – 5

First Offense

  • Parent/guardian notification and conference
  • Restitution/restoration if necessary

Second Offense

  • Required: same as first offense with
  • 1 day in-school suspension
  • Behavior Support Plan
  • Possible referral to school counseling

Subsequent Offenses

  • Required: same as second offense with
  • Possible referral to outside counseling, (at parents expense)
  • Possible notification of police, charges may be filed
  • 1-3 day(s) out-of-school suspension

Grades 6-8

First Offense

  • Required: Parent/guardian notification and conference
  • Restitution/restoration if necessary
  • 1 day in-school suspension
  • Possible referral to school counseling

Second Offense

  • Required: same as above (excluding in-school suspension) with
  • 1-2 day(s) out-of-school suspension
  • Behavior Support Plan

Subsequent Offenses

  • Required: same as second offense (excluding 1-2 day(s) out-of-school suspension with
  • 3 days out-of-school suspension
  • Possible notification of police, charges may be filed
  • Possible referral to outside counseling (at parents' expense)