RUSD Anti-Bullying Pledge
Our school community is committed to making schools a safe and caring environment for all students. We will treat each other with respect and refuse to tolerate bullying of any kind.
Definition: Bullying is an unfair and one-sided imbalance of power. Bullying behavior happens when someone repeatedly hurts, harasses, intimidates, threatens, or causes substantial emotional distress to another person. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication media (cell phones, text messages, instant messaging, social networks, etc.) to bully another student in the ways described above. Bullying and cyberbullying can interfere with a student’s educational opportunities and emotional well being.
Bullying Behaviors Include the Following
- Hurting someone physically by hitting, kicking, tripping, or pushing
- Stealing or damaging another person’s things
- Ganging up on someone
- Teasing someone in a hurtful way
- Using put-downs (i.e., insulting or making fun of someone)
- Name calling
- Spreading rumors or untruths about someone
- Leaving someone out intentionally, or trying to coerce other students not to play with someone
- Using any electronic communication device (texting, cell phones, social networks, etc.) to insult, threaten, or post untrue information or embarrassing photos about another student
Students at Our Schools Will Do the Following Things to Prevent Bullying
- Treat everyone with respect and kindness
- Refuse to bully others
- Refuse to let others be bullied
- Refuse to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied
- Try to include everyone in play, especially those who are often left out
- Report bullying behavior to an adult
Teachers and Staff Will Do the Following Things to Prevent Bullying and Help Children Feel Safe at School
- Closely supervise students in all areas of the school and playground
- Watch for signs of bullying behavior and stop it when it happens
- Respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports
- Look into all reported bullying incidents
- Assign consequences for bullying based on the school discipline policy
- Assign immediate consequences for retaliation against students who report bullying
Consequences for Violation of the Anti-Bullying Pledge and Policies
Bully behavior, including cyberbullying, will not be tolerated. If cyberbullying occurs outside of school hours, but the repercussions are brought to school and disrupt the school and/or interfere with a student’s emotional/social well being, consequences will be given. Depending on the severity and nature of the incident, the principal or designee will take one or more of the following steps when bullying occurs:
- Intervention, Warning, and Redirection: Anti-bullying lessons will be taught to all students. In the event of a bullying incident, a teacher, principal, or staff member will ensure that the immediate behavior stops and reinforce to the student who is doing the bullying that bullying will not be tolerated. Consequences will be appropriate for the action and developmental age of the student.
- Notification of Parents: School staff will notify the parents of involved students. The parents might be asked to meet with the principal or other members of the school staff, including the student’s teacher and/or the school psychologist.
- Resolution with the Target of the Bullying: Depending upon the nature of the incident, the students involved may meet to help resolve the problem and ensure it does not happen again. A safety plan for the targeted student will be implemented.
- Referral to School Support Staff: The student who is bullying may meet with the school guidance counselor to help prevent future violations.
- Consequences: The student who is bullying may lose recess, be assigned detention and/or lose school privileges (e.g., serving on student council, school newspaper, school performances, yearbook, etc). In cases of serious or repeated bullying, the student may be suspended. If serious circumstances warrant, law enforcement may also be contacted.