Anti-Bullying Policy – “Value Yourself, Value Others”
It is the policy of the Chester Upland School District to maintain learning environments that are free from harassment or bullying based on an individual’s real or perceived race, color, sex, religion, creed, political belief, age, national origin, linguistic or language differences, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression (this includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students), socioeconomic status, neighborhood or public housing affiliation or status, special education designation, parental status or physical, mental, or sensory disability.
The protections offered by this policy are not limited to the aforementioned categories, but are meant to be inclusive of all intentional actions that negatively impact a student’s educational experience or preclude them from taking full advantage of the educational and extracurricular opportunities offered by the Chester Upland School District. The Board prohibits any and all forms of harassment or bullying on School District property or School District-sanctioned events. This policy also covers any actions that occur while a student is traveling to and from school, and any bullying activity that occurs through any electronic means – even though it may not take place in a school setting.
Bullying is prohibited under Rule 17 of the Chester Upland School District Code of Student Conduct. A clear finding that a student is in violation of this rule may result in any of the following interventions based on the number of offenses and the severity of behavior:
- First Offense - documented warning, parent/guardian notification and counseling within school.
- Second Offense – suspension with parent/guardian conference, loss of school privileges, suspension from school-sponsored activities, and/or detention.
- Third Offense - Transfer to another classroom, school building, school bus or expulsion.
- Report incident to the police (where appropriate)
For purposes of this policy, bullying is an intentional electronic, psychological, written, verbal or physical act, or a series of acts:
- That is direct and/or indirect at another student or students.
- Which occurs in a school setting (Under Pennsylvania law “school setting” is defined as in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated school or public bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised, or sanctioned by the school).
- That is severe, persistent or pervasive.
- That 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
These acts include, but are not limited to:
- Physical- hitting, kicking, punching, shoving, spitting.
- Verbal- using a racial or sexual comment, name-calling, teasing, taunting, threatening.
- Non-verbal- obscene gestures, stalking.
- Physical- getting another person to assault someone.
- Verbal- spreading rumors, gossip.
- Non-verbal- cyber-bullying
This happens when a student(s) send or post text and/or images intended to cause hurt or embarrass another student(s) by use of electronic devices through means of email, instant messaging, text messages, blogs, mobile phones, telephones, pagers, social websites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.), two-way pagers, or through use of video (Youtube or other hosting site), or any other electronic means.