Racial and Other Harassment
policy of the
Racial harassment consists of physical or verbal conduct relating to an individualís race when the conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, or adversely interferes with an individualís academic performance.†
Physical violence includes fighting, destruction of property, hitting, biting, throwing objects.† (In the judgment of the staff the behavior must be intended to harm another person or a deliberate attempt to deface property.)
Emotional or Verbal violence includes swearing, name calling, or any other intended affront to either an individual or the school.† (In the judgment of the staff person the behavior must be intentionally aimed at tearing down another human being or the school)
A copy of the policy shall appear in the student handbook and shall be made available upon request of parents, students, and other interested parties.
The Administration will develop a method of discussing the policy with students and employees.† Training on the requirements for non-discrimination and the appropriate responses to issues of racial harassment will be provided to all school personnel on an annual basis.†
Upon receipt of the report or complaint alleging harassment based on race, national origin or disability, the building administrator or designee, shall immediately undertake or authorize an investigation.† The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the complainant, the individual against whom the compliant is filed, and others who have knowledge of the alleged circumstances about the incident.†
In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes and violation of this policy, the following shall be considered:† the nature of the behavior, how often the conduct occurred, if the behavior is a continuing pattern, the relationship of the parties involved, race, national origin, sex and age of the victim.† Whether an action constitutes violation of this policy requires a determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances.†
The investigation shall be completed not later than ten days from the receipt of the report.† A written incident report shall be submitted to the Superintendent upon completion of the investigation.† The report shall be submitted on the District Harassment Incident Report Form.†
The Building Principal or designee shall develop a response plan and communicate the plan to the victim, the complainant, parents of students involved and the individual about whom the complaint is filed.† The response plan shall be included as part of the incident report.†† The incident shall be reported to the police if there is a violation of the Safe School Act and the school resource officer may be part of the response plan.†
The first time a the harassment or violent behavior occurs the policy will be reviewed and one of the following parent notification methods will be used. The method will be chosen by the teacher and principal together.
1. Conflict resolution strategies will be used and taught whenever possible.
2. A written note from the teacher to the parent.
3. A phone call made by the teacher.
4. A phone call made by the principal.
5. A form letter from the principalís office, with a return the next day.
6. A phone call made by the student with the principal or designee in attendance.
If the behavior is repeated the same day or becomes a pattern, the following strategies may be used.
1. In school suspension.
2. An out of school suspension.
3. A conference with the parents.
4. The response plan completed and submitted to the Superintendentís Office.
5. Any combination of the above.
6. Referral to
the Discipline Committee of the