This letter is to inform you of the District’s ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to incidents of harassment and/or bullying. The Jonathan Alder Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of our students. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties, is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
As defined by board policy #5517.01
Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any intentional written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward another particular student(s) more than once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student(s) and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s).
We understand the importance of sustaining our anti-harassment and bullying prevention efforts through ongoing training and education of our students, administrators, teachers and classified staff.
Over the past several months the district has been reviewing and reinforcing our current anti-harassment/bullying policies and reporting procedures with the administrative team, school counselors and staff. During our November 7th Professional Development Day, all of our teachers and bus drivers heard from Jim Bisenius, Child & Adolescent Therapist and National Bullying Expert, on how to stop social manipulation and student exclusion and bullying interventions without making things worse for the targeted students.
In addition, all of our students in grades K-12 have or will hear from Mr. Bisenius on Bully-Proofing Youth Techniques. These age appropriate presentations provide some powerful insights to help students navigate difficult peer situations.
The Board designates the Director of Student Services, Ms. Jennifer Korn, to serve as the "Title IX Coordinator" for the District. You may contact her at 614-873-8617 or [email protected].
Reporting Procedures from Policy (see full policies above)
Students and/or their parents/guardians may file reports regarding suspected harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Such reports shall be reasonably specific including person(s) involved, number of times and places of the alleged conduct, the target of suspected harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, and the names of any potential student or staff witnesses. Such reports may be filed with any school staff member or administrator, and they shall be promptly forwarded to the building principal for review, investigation, and action.
Students, parents/guardians, and school personnel may make informal or anonymous complaints of conduct that they consider to be harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying by verbal report to a teacher, school administrator, or other school personnel. Such complaints shall be reasonably specific including person(s) involved, number of times and places of the alleged conduct, the target of suspected harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, and the names of any potential student or staff witnesses. A school staff member or administrator who receives an informal or anonymous complaint shall promptly document the complaint in writing, including the information provided. This written report shall be promptly forwarded by the school staff member and/or administrator to the building principal for review, investigation, and appropriate action.