Student Handbook - Bullying Prevention Policy
Guffey School has always had a strong and active set of policies in place to minimize bullying in the school environment. In 2011 Colorado modified its Safe Schools Act to specifically require that each school board adopt an anti-bullying policy. As a means policy, it is inappropriate for the GCCS School Board to construct such a policy. In order to comply with the new regulations, the Board instructed the Administrator to create a bullying prevention policy, separate from the existing discipline and behavior policies (which have not changed). The Administrator and staff completed this policy prior to the beginning of the 2011/2012 school year.
Bullying Prevention Policy
The Guffey Community Charter School (GCCS or School) is committed to making the School a safe and caring environment for all students, faculty and adjunct staff. Members of the school community will treat each other with respect and refuse to tolerate bullying of any kind. The School will abide by its vision statement which states: GCCS is a place of learning and service that nurtures the light of the individual spirit by treasuring our countryside, the classroom, and the community, both local and global, in an atmosphere of safety, kindness, and joy.
The Board of the School recognizes the negative impact that bullying has on student health, welfare and safety and on the learning environment at school. Bullying is prohibited on all school property, at school-sanctioned activities or events, when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by the school, and off school property when such conduct has a nexus to the school or any school curricular or non-curricular activity or event.
"Bullying" will be defined as written or verbal expression, physical or electronic act, or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate, or cause any physical, mental or emotional harm to any student, staff or faculty member. Bullying is prohibited against any student and will not be tolerated; this may include but not be limited to behavior that is directed toward a student on the basis of his or her academic performance or against whom federal and state laws prohibit discrimination.
All administrators, teachers, staff and students share the responsibility to ensure that bullying does not occur at school, on school property, at school-sanctioned activities or events. This also includes transportation of students, staff or faculty in any vehicle dispatched by the school, off school property when such conduct has a connection to school curricular or non-curricular activity or event.
- All students who believe they have been victims of bullying in any such circumstance shall immediately report to an administrator or teacher at the school.
- All students who witness student bullying in any such circumstance shall immediately report to an administrator or teacher at the school.
- All administrators and teachers who have bullying incident reported to them, shall promptly forward the report(s) to the principal or principal's designee for appropriate action.
- All administrators, teachers and staff who witness student bullying in any such circumstance shall immediately take appropriate action to stop the bullying, as prescribed by the school principal, and shall promptly report the bullying to the principal or principal's designee for appropriate action.
- The school principal or principal's designee shall ensure that all reports involving student bullying in any such circumstance are promptly and thoroughly investigated, and that appropriate action is taken.
- Any person who takes retaliatory action against a student who reports in good
Faith an incident of bullying, shall be subject to disciplinary consequences. In
determining the appropriate action to be taken in response to incidents of student
bullying, the school principal or principal's designee shall consider existing policies
and regulations that address the type of conduct involved. For example, if bullying is
severe enough to constitute discriminatory harassment, child abuse, or behavior
otherwise prohibited by school or district policy or law, such policies or laws shall be
followed. Discipline for student bullying and for retaliation for reporting bullying
may include expulsion and/or classroom suspension. In
addition, the school principal shall consider other actions which may be appropriate
in response to student bullying and retaliation, including but not limited to:
- Assemblies and programs will be held every month to warn students that bullying is prohibited and advise them of the consequences for engaging in bullying activity. All students will be encouraged to immediately report incidences of student bullying, and to engender an atmosphere where bullying is not tolerated at school or school-related activities.
- Implementing student peer mediation programs.
- Holding conferences with the parents of students who continue to engage in bullying after administrator/teacher intervention, in order to develop cooperative strategies to correct the students' behavior.
- Students who continue to engage in bullying after administrator/teacher intervention will be separated from other students at school or from particular school programs or activities, until they can conform their behavior to acceptable standards.
- Withholding privileges (i.e., recess, field trips, participation in extracurricular activities, etc.) from students who continue to engage in bullying after administrator/teacher intervention, until they can conform their behavior to acceptable standards.
- Holding training and in-services to assist school, staff in being alert to student bullying, taking appropriate action when bullying occurs and helping to engender an atmosphere where bullying is not tolerated at school or school-related activities.
LEGAL REFERENCE: C.R.S. 22-32-109.1
The complete policy may be downloaded here as a PDF document.