Notice of Prohibition Against Bullying and Anti-Bullying Interventions
Bullying behavior by any student in the Rio Gallinas Public Charter School is strictly prohibited, and such conduct will result in disciplinary actions, including suspension from school. “Bullying” means any repeated and pervasive written, verbal or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Bullying includes, but is not limited to, hazing, harassment, intimidation or menacing acts of a student which may, but need not be based on the student’s race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:
- Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to the student’s property; or
- Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property; or
- Insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student.
Students and parents may file verbal or written complaints concerning suspected bullying behavior to school personnel and administrators. Any report of suspected bullying behavior will be promptly reviewed. The reports will be confidential. If acts of bullying are verified, prompt disciplinary actions will be taken against the perpetrator, up to and including suspension.
Anti-bullying workshops will be provided for all students. Students who are victims of bullying behavior will be given an opportunity to talk with a counselor or teacher. Students who are bullying will be required to attend additional anti-bullying and self-esteem building workshops.