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November 26, 2012

Board adopts plan to deal with bullying


The principal will take immediate steps to “restore a sense of safety to the alleged target” that include creating a personal safety plan, pre-determining seating in the classroom, cafeteria and bus; identify a staff person to act as a “safe person” for the target; alerting relevant staff of the need for increased vigilance during transition times; helping promote resiliency in the target child; and, if necessary, altering the aggressor’s schedule and access to the target.

Parents of the alleged aggressor and target will be notified of the results of the investigation in a manner compliant with state and federal privacy laws and regulations.

The policy notes that because of the legal requirements regarding the confidentiality of student records, in most cases, the target’s parents will not receive specific information about the disciplinary action taken against the aggressor. But they will be “informed of the school’s plan to monitor the situation and help ensure the safety of their child,” the policy states.

The principal will follow up in a timely manner to determine the effectiveness of any intervention. Parents may appeal the findings of any investigation to the superintendent.

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