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104 ANTI-BULLYING/ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

The Tipton Community School District is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying and/or harassment of or by students, staff, and volunteers is against federal, state, and local policy and is not tolerated by the board. Bullying and/or harassing behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed. Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the school district that school employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in bullying or harassing behavior in school, on school property, or at any school function or school-sponsored activity.

Definitions

For the purposes of this policy, the defined words shall have the following meaning: 

  •         “Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optic cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, and electronic text messaging.
  •       “Harassment” and “bullying” shall mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student based on the individual’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status, and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:
  1.     Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
  2.     Has a substantial detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
  3.     Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance.
  4.     Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or                 privileges provided by a school.       
  • “Trait or characteristic of the student” includes but is not limited to age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
  •   “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

Publication of Policy

The board will annually publish this policy. The policy may be publicized by the following means:

  •   Inclusion in the student handbook,
  •   Inclusion in the employee handbook
  •   Inclusion in the registration materials
  •   Inclusion on the school or school district’s web site,
  •   (other) _______________________________________________________

 

Legal References:       

     20 U.S.C. §§ 1221-1234i.

     29 U.S.C. § 794.

     42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d-2000d-7.

     42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 2et. seq.

      Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 280.28; 280.3.    

      281 I.A.C. 12.3(6).

      Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007)

 

Cross References:      

     102      Equal Educational Opportunity

      502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

      503      Student Discipline

      506      Student Records

 

Approved: 07/09/2012                                                     Reviewed:                                                         Revised:     8/8/2016