- Report Bullying
- Bullying Prevention and Intervention Handbook
- Policy Statement
- Intervention Protocol
- Student Code of Conduct
- Education and Outreach
- Useful Links
Barstow Unified School District will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. A student shall not intimidate, harass, or bully another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes: direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation. The 2015 School Crime Supplement - PDF (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that, nationwide, about 21% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying. The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that, nationwide, 19% of students in grades 9–12 report being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey.
Therefore, Barstow Unified School District recognizes that bullying is a serious issue, and expects students, parents, and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee. Staff who witness such acts will be expected to take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so. Each complaint of bullying should be promptly investigated. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, during the lunch period, whether on or off campus, and during a school-sponsored activity. Please see BP 5131.2 for additional information.
Bullying: unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or there is a pattern of pervasive behavior over time. Both kids, who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order for it to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or there is a pattern of pervasive behaviors over time .
Is it bullying?
- Was the behavior carried out on purpose? ▢ Yes ▢ No
- Was the behavior intended to cause harm? ▢ Yes ▢ No
(Harm may be physical, verbal, relational, social, emotional, and/or via electronic communication)
- Have there been patterned and pervasive acts of this behavior? ▢ Yes ▢ No
3a. Does the behavior include electronic communications that can be viewed an unlimited number of times by an unlimited number of people? ▢ Yes ▢ No
- Does the imbalance of power exist and/or is the target of the behavior unable to stop the bullying behavior from continuing? ▢ Yes ▢ No
If the answers to questions 1-4 are ALL YES, please refer this incident to a trained professional within 24 hours.
YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN ONLINE BULLYING BEHAVIOR REPORT FORM
If you provided a NO response to any of the questions (not including 3a), the person completing this form should address the unwanted behavior with the young person according to school, group or home standards of conduct. Every effort should be taken to address the behavior with the young persons as soon as possible.http://signewhitson.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ScreeningTool.pdf
Students, parents, and staff practice respectful assertiveness skills in order to refuse bullying or any inappropriate behaviors. Students, parents, and staff advocate for themselves and others by being UPSTANDERS and refusing to allow any type of bullying or inappropriate behavior to occur. Refusing bullying behaviors, bullying prevention, can be implemented through guided lessons that address Assertiveness Skill Building, Problem Solving Skills, Conflict Resolution and Interpersonal Skills. Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to use respectful words to assertively refuse to allow bullying or any inappropriate behavior to occur. If bullying behaviors do not stop, it must be reported immediately to an adult.
If bullying behaviors are present:
- behavior is being carried out on purpose,
- behavior is intended to cause harm,
- there has been patterned and pervasive acts of this behavior,
- there’s an imbalance of power that exists and/or the target of the behavior is unable to stop the bullying behavior from continuing
Then it must be immediately reported to the appropriate school authorities, Step VI. INTERVENTION PROTOCOL will be followed for reporting.
Per the student conduct handbook, any student who engages in bullying may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Students are expected to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee. Students can rely on staff to promptly investigate each complaint of bullying in a thorough and confidential manner.
If the complainant student or the parent of the student feels that appropriate resolution of the investigation or complaint has not been reached, the student or the parent of the student should contact the principal or the Office of Pupil Services. The school system prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process.
To ensure bullying does not occur on school campuses, Barstow Unified School District will provide staff development training in bullying prevention and cultivate acceptance and understanding in all students and staff to build each school's capacity to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
Teachers should discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and should assure them that they need not endure any form of bullying. Students who bully are in violation of this policy and are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.