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Bullying Policy

Policy 249: Bullying - Attachment A - District Website Posting

Last Revised: 10/29/14

The development and maintenance of self-discipline is an integral aspect of learning. Efforts at such development are not only critical to a student's growth as a learner, but are essential to maintain a school climate that encourages learning for all students. As such, the bullying of a student by other students will not be tolerated within the Lower Merion School District.

Board Policy and Regulation 249, Student Discipline, provides information on the subject of bullying within the District. This policy is extended to the transportation of students to and from school. No student should be in an environment that makes him/her feel unsafe, intimidated, or abused. It is the practice of Lower Merion School District to maintain an environment in which bullying in any form is not tolerated. Students engaging in this behavior may be subject to disciplinary actions including but not limited to: loss of bus riding privileges, parent conference, detention, suspension, or expulsion from school, and police referral.

Definition of Bullying

Bullying includes systematic harassment, attacks or intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical acts, perpetrated by a student or group of students, on another student or students, which meets all of the following criteria:

  1. occur during the school day, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity or event, or under other circumstances under the jurisdiction of the District to enable it to impose District-based discipline;
  2. are severe, persistent or pervasive; and
  3. include any written, verbal, or physical act including but not limited to:
    • Written intimidating/threatening, and/or demeaning letters, notes, messages, emails and/or any other electronic means
    • Verbally intimidating/threatening comments, slurs, innuendos, or taunting
    • Visual gestures
    • Physical hitting, slapping, kicking, pinching, etc.
    • Making reprisals, threats of reprisal, or implied threats of reprisal, social isolation or manipulation of a student
    • Engaging in implicit or explicit coercive behavior to control, influence, or affect the health and well-being of a student
    • Any other behavior or acts which has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education, creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment, or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school

Bullying Procedures

Reporting Procedures

  1. Each building administrator will identify a staff person responsible for receiving reports of and documenting alleged bullying and publicize that information as set forth below.
  2. The staff person responsible for receiving reports of bullying will document and investigate each alleged incident and report to the building administrator.
  3. Annually, the building administrator will compile a report for the District administration to be incorporated into the District safety report to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Disciplinary Consequences

Disciplinary consequences will be based on the seriousness and repetitiveness of the behavior and may include the following:

  1. Parent conference;
  2. Loss of privileges, including limitations on participation in extracurricular activities;
  3. External suspension;
  4. Risk assessment; and
  5. Police contact.

Publicity

  1. These Bullying Procedures and the definition of bullying set forth in this Regulation will be posted on a publicly accessible page of Lower Merion School District's website. The posting shall be as set forth as Attachment A.
  2. Within 90 days of the effective date of this Regulation, each school will introduce this policy to its students and explain the procedures for reporting bullying incidents.
  3. Once each school year, each school will review with its students these Bullying Procedures.
  4. Building administrators or designees will ensure that these Bullying Procedures and the definition of bullying set forth in this Regulation is posted in each classroom and in a prominent location within the school building. An age-appropriate summary shall be included as part of this posting. The summaries for the elementary school, middle schools and high schools are attached to the regulation as Attachments B, C and D respectively.

Review of Bullying Procedures

The Superintendent or designee, in cooperation with other appropriate administrators, shall review these Bullying Procedures every three (3) years and recommend necessary revisions to the Board