Bullying & Harassment

DISTRICT ADVISEMENT ON BULLYING

Bullying can have a harmful social, physical, psychological and/or academic impact on students who are the victims of bullying behaviors, students who engage in bullying behaviors, or who are bystanders and observe acts of bullying. When acts of bullying are verified, the appropriate interventions shall be implemented.

STUDENT BULLYING AND HARASSMENT – Board Policy 411.1

The Iowa-Grant School District seeks to provide a learning environment free of any form of bullying, harassment or intimidation toward and between students.  Such behaviors are prohibited in all school buildings, property, and education environments, including any property or vehicle owned, leased or used by the school district.  The District will take all necessary and appropriate action to eliminate student bullying, harassment or intimidation up to and including discipline of the offenders.

Bullying, harassment or intimidation can arise from a broad range of physical or verbal behavior which can include, but not be limited to, the following:  physical assault, hitting, punching or kicking, theft, mental abuse, racial remarks or insults, ethnic slurs, religious slurs, unwelcome sexual advances and touching, sexual comments or jokes, sexually explicit derogatory statements, threatening or intimidating language, teasing or name calling, or discriminating remarks which are offensive or objectionable to the recipient or which cause the recipient discomfort, humiliation or which interfere with the  recipient’s academic performance.  These behaviors can also occur in an indirect manner such as spreading cruel rumors, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by cellular phone or using the internet.

It is the responsibility of all school staff members, students, and concerned individuals who observe or become aware of acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation to report these acts confidentially to either the high school guidance counselor or the elementary middle school counselor.  All reports, either verbal or in writing are to be taken seriously and a clear account of the incident is to be documented.  There shall be no retaliation against individuals making such reports.  Individuals engaging in retaliatory behavior will be subject to disciplinary action.  Once a complaint has been filed an investigation to determine the facts will take place in a timely manner to verify the validity and seriousness of the report.  Affected parents and /or guardians will be notified that a report has been made.

The policy will be annually distributed to all students enrolled in the school district, their parents/guardians and to employees.

STUDENT DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT PROCEDURES - Board Policy 411 Rule

  1. Any person who has a complaint regarding the District’s equal educational opportunities policy or harassment policy shall promptly attempt to resolve it by discussing it with the building principal.The complaint should be in writing and describe in as much detail as possible the facts of the situation.The principal shall keep a written record of the discussion and provide a copy to the complainant.

  2. If the complaint is not resolved in STEP 1, the complainant may file a written complaint with the District Administrator.Complaints related to discrimination on the basis of a disability should be reported to the District’s Section 504 Coordinator and to the District Administrator. The written complaint should be by certified mail, return receipt requested, and a copy should be mailed to the principal involved.Within ten (10) calendar days after receiving the written complaint, the District Administrator shall arrange a meeting with the complainant to discuss the complaint.Subsequent meetings may be scheduled as agreed to by both parties.The District Administrator shall give a written decision to the complainant by certified mail, return receipt requested, within ten (10) calendar days after the final meeting regarding the complaint.

  3. If the complaint is not resolved in STEP 2 the complainant may file a written complaint with the Board Clerk.The writtenshall be filed within ten (10) days after receipt of the District Administrator’s decision and be by certified mail, return receipt requested.The Board shall consider the complaint at the earliest appropriate meeting at which time the complainant shall have the right to present his/her position to the Board.The Board shall within thirty (30) calendar days after the meeting advise the complainant, in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the action taken with regard to the complaint.

  4. Appeals beyond the Board may be made to appropriate agencies (e.g. Office of Civil Rights, Department of Public Instruction Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development) and/or the courts having proper jurisdiction.

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