What counts as bullying in SDoL
We define bullying as:
Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:
- Substantially interfering with a student’s education.
- Creating a threatening environment.
- Substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Bullying, as defined in this policy, includes cyberbullying.
We identify the school setting as in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school (regardless of location.) Additionally, bullying behaviors that are engaged in using any school owned communication device, network equipment or platform will be considered.
Board Policy 249 reviews the scope of our district’s response to bullying behaviors.
It takes all of us to stop bullying.
Bullying is a community issue and all members of our community are important components in addressing bullying behaviors and keeping children safe. All reports need to be taken seriously and all behaviors addressed whether at home, in the school, or in the community. There are many resources available to assist parents, guardians, and other caring adults in supporting children. A few that help caregivers respond are:
The Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) Know Bullying App
SAMHSA Make Time To Listen, Take Time To Talk...About Bullying: Conversation Starter Cards