District 91 Bullying Policy
It is the policy of Idaho Falls School District 91 Board of Trustees to maintain a safe school environment for all students, employees, and visitors while attending school, riding the school bus, and attending district-sponsored activities on school premises or at other locations. Acts of Social Violence include but are not limited to: Bullying, Cyber bullying, Intimidation, Hazing, and Harassment (peer, racial, color, and national origin, sexual orientation, religious, disability, and sexual), regardless of the specific nature of the students’ behavior, is disruptive to a safe school environment and will not be tolerated.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any District student, employee, or visitor to bully, haze, intimidate, or harass another individual, while on any school premises or at any school sponsored activity, regardless of location. Violation of this policy may be subject to school disciplinary action even if the threat is not substantial, direct, or specific enough to constitute a violation of state or federal law.
Other Policies for Federal Requirements
If the bullying, hazing, or harassment allegations fall within the areas protected by federal law, one or more of the following policies may also apply: Civil Right Grievance #3211, #5212, Section 504 Hearing #3212, or Sexual Harassment #3232, #5211, #4418.
It is everyone’s responsibility to eliminate the behavior prohibited by this policy. Anyone who believes he/she has knowledge of a person or persons affected by a violation of this policy should immediately report it to a District official.
District personnel receiving a report of a violation of this policy shall report the matter to the building principal, supervisor or designee immediately. If the complaint involves the principal, supervisor or designee, District personnel must immediately report the matter to the superintendent. If the complaint involves the superintendent, District personnel must immediately report the matter to the school board president.
District personnel witnessing a violation of this policy shall take immediate action to stop the inappropriate behavior and report the matter to the building principal or other appropriate District personnel.
District personnel who fail to report or fail to take action to stop violations of this policy may face disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
The Superintendent, principal or designee shall conduct a thorough investigation of any allegation of bullying, hazing or harassment within ten (10) working days of receipt of the allegation, except in extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the individual assigned to investigate. All investigations with sufficient evidence to support the allegations require a written report.
Because of the possible sensitive nature of the allegations, any investigation for violations of this policy shall be conducted, to the extent possible and within legal constraints, to protect the privacy of the complainant, victim and the accused. In instances where the allegation involves suspected child abuse, harm to self or harm to others, the District official must report the case to the proper authorities as required by law.
Discipline for violations of this policy:
- for an employee, may involve actions up to and including dismissal.
- for a visitor, may involve actions up to and including future prohibition from entering any school premises or attending any school sponsored activity, regardless of location.
- for a student, may involve actions up to and including suspension, and/or expulsion. Discipline shall be appropriate to the offense, age and status of the individual.
The Superintendent or designee shall submit the case to the appropriate law enforcement agency when the charges warrant such action.
If there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations, no report of the allegation shall be placed in an accused or complaining employee’s personnel record or in an accused or complaining student’s permanent record.
If the investigation discloses that the complaining individual knowingly or in a malicious manner falsely accused another of bullying, hazing, or harassment, the complaining individual may be subject to disciplinary action as stated above.
District students, employees, or visitors shall not retaliate against an individual who in good faith reports, associates with the individual reporting, participates in the investigation, or investigates a violation of this policy. Any person engaged in retaliatory actions may be subject to
disciplinary action as stated above.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures to implement or review actions taken to prevent bullying, hazing or harassment and follow up with victims of violations of this policy to ensure preventive actions were effective.