Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
Statement of Intention
Every individual has the right to be in a safe school and community environment.
Global Learning Charter Public School (GLCPS) is a safe, secure, and positive community. We show respect for every individual and support a healthy school atmosphere. We value diversity and appreciate different cultures and beliefs. We believe in equality and the need to treat all people with respect, in words and in actions. Every member of our school community has the responsibility to uphold our Code of Conduct and to assure that every individual is treated fairly. We will work together to create an educational environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.
Global Learning Charter Public School will not tolerate any form of bullying, cyber- bullying, and/or retaliation by any school member, in our school building and grounds, on our buses, and/or in our community. We will promptly investigate all reports and complaints of bullying, cyber- bullying, and/or retaliation, and take prompt action to end that behavior and restore safety and respect to our school.
We will support our commitment to a safe and respectful environment through all aspects of our school community, including curricula, instructional programs, staff development, extracurricular activities, and parent or guardian involvement. We understand that a safe community depends on every member modeling respectful communication and action.
Definitions of Bullying and Retaliation
Bullying is the single or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that:
- causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property;
- places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property;
- creates a hostile environment at school for the target;
- infringes on the rights of the target at school; or
- materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.
Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers, and the internet. It includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages, text messages, and internet postings.
Hostile environment is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of a student’s education.
Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.
The Principal, Assistant Principal, or Director of Student, Family and Community Life will decide on the appropriate disciplinary actions for an individual who is found to have committed an act of bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation. The range of disciplinary actions will be determined based on the severity of the offense and the recurrence of bullying, cyber-bullying and/or retaliation. Disciplinary action may include, but not be limited to: verbal/written apology, meetings for remediation, mandatory educational programs, community service, loss of privileges, suspension, probation, expulsion hearing, and expulsion.
Full Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan and Code of Conduct available in the Student Handbook.