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STAND UP FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT Section 1006.147, F.S. Policy 4.141 School Board of Lee County.

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1 STAND UP FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT Section , F.S. Policy School Board of Lee County

2 Policy prohibits bullying or harassment – “It is the policy of The School District of Lee County that all of its students and school employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The district will not tolerate bullying and harassment of any type. Conduct that constitutes bullying and harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited.”

3 Definition of Bullying “Bullying means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by a student or adult, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and may involve but is not limited to:

4 1. Teasing 2. Social Exclusion 3. Threat 4. Intimidation 5. Stalking 6. Physical violence 7. Theft 8. Sexual, religious, or racial harassment 9. Public humiliation 10. Destruction of property “

5 Definition of Harassment “Harassment means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that: 1. Places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property 2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits 3. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school”

6 Definition of Cyberstalking “Cyberstalking, as defined in s (1)(d), F.S., means to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.”

7 Expected Behavior & Student Responsibilities From each student/employee – “The Lee County School District expects students to conduct themselves as appropriate for their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students and school staff, the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and the care of school facilities and equipment.”

8 Recognition for Appropriate Behavior “All administrators, faculty and staff, in collaboration with parents, students, and community members, will incorporate systemic methods for student and staff recognition through positive reinforcement for good conduct, self discipline, good citizenship, and academic success, as seen in the required school plan to address positive school culture and behavior.”

9 Consequences for Students Consistent with the Code of Conduct Positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion

10 Consequences for Employees Discipline, up to and including termination, in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement, School Board Policies and Florida Statutes

11 Consequences for Visitors/Volunteers Determined by school administrator after investigation

12 Consequences for Wrongful Accusations – Student Consistent with the Code of Conduct Positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion

13 Consequences for Wrongful Accusation – Employee Discipline, up to and including termination, in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement, School Board Policies and Florida Statutes

14 Consequences for Wrongful Accusations – Visitor/Volunteer Determined by school administrator after investigation

15 Reporting Who may report? – Alleged Victim – Witness – One with credible information

16 Reporting Who receives report? – Principal or designee How? – Orally or in writing – In person or anonymously Disciplinary action may not be based solely on an anonymous report

17 Reporting Employees are REQUIRED to report incidents Others are strongly encouraged to report incidences

18 Immunity Reporting will not affect: – Future employment – Grades – Learning or working environment – Work assignments

19 School Related Determination Does the act fall within the scope of the district? – Yes – Go to Investigation Procedures – Yes, and a criminal act – Investigate and refer to Law Enforcement – No, and a criminal act – Refer to Law Enforcement – No, and not a criminal act – Inform parents of all involved students

20 Investigation Principal or designee Documented interviews are conducted privately, and confidentially with: – Alleged victim – Alleged perpetrator – Witness(es)

21 Investigation, continued Facts to be included: – Description of incidents including nature of the behavior and context – Frequency – Past incidents or continuing patterns of behavior – Relationship of parties involved – Characteristics of parties involved (grade, age) – Identity of, and # of individuals, who were the alleged perpetrators – Where occurred – Affect on education or education environment – Did the alleged victim feel or perceive an imbalance of power as a result? – Date, time and method of parental contact

22 Notification to Parents Prompt reporting via phone, conference, and or in writing, the occurrence of an incident to the parent/legal guardian of the alleged victim on the same day an investigation of the incident is initiated Contact with parents of alleged perpetrator will be made following the first contact with the student and no later than the conclusion of the investigation

23 Referrals for Intervention Informal consultation between teacher and/or parent/guardian with school staff to determine “next steps” Professional assistance: – Child study team To determine counseling support and interventions Must involve parent/guardian

24 Data Collection/Reporting Will be consistent with SESIR Statewide Reporting as required by the Department of Education

25 Instruction Annual instruction to students, parents, teachers, staff, volunteers, administrators regarding: – This policy – How to report incidences – Prevention of bullying and harassment – Identification and response to bullying in schools

26 Protection of Victim Parents of the alleged victim will be notified immediately and informed of the steps being taken to protect him/her Notification will be consistent with FERPA If the perpetrator is charged with a crime, parents will be informed of their right to enroll their child in another public school (Unsafe School Choice Option of NCLB)

27 Publicizing of Policy Referenced in the Code of Conduct Referenced in Employee Handbook All contractors will be aware of this policy


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