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SAINT ANASTASIA CATHOLIC SCHOOL
BULLY PREVENTION POLICY
Saint Anastasia Catholic School and the State of Illinois believe that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. Our school community has an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance.
Saint Anastasia Catholic School 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. This list is meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.
Bullying includes cyber-bullying which is bullying through the use of technology or any other electronic communication and is subject to the same consequences as physical and emotional bullying.
Saint Anastasia Catholic School expects students and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee. Staff who witness such acts 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, on a school sponsored activity, or cyber-bullying.
To ensure bullying does not occur on school grounds, Saint Anastasia will provide staff development training in bullying prevention and cultivate acceptance and understanding in all students and staff to build our 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.
Saint Anastasia Catholic School’s Student Code of Conduct is to be followed by every student while on the school grounds or when traveling to and from school or a school sponsored activity.
The Student Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to:
*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, preferably within ten school days of reporting, and will be given the opportunity to meet with the principal or designee.
*Parents or guardians of all students involved will be notified.
The procedure for intervening in bullying behavior include, but are not limited, to the following:
*All staff, students and their parents will receive a summary of this policy prohibiting intimidation and bullying, at the beginning of
the school year, as part of the Parent Handbook.
*The school will make reasonable efforts to keep a report of bullying and the results of investigation confidential.
*Staff who witness acts of bullying shall take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so. People witnessing or experiencing bullying are strongly encouraged to report the incident; such reporting will not reflect on the target or witnesses in any way.
*Students who have been the victim of bullying may seek out the counselors from the Family Stress Clinic.
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