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Glenbard Township High School District 87
Policy 7:180

Students

Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate.  Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors is an important District goal.  

Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color,  national origin, military status, unfavorable discharge status from the military service, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristics is prohibited in each of the following situations:

1.  During any school sponsored education program or activity.

2.  While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school sponsored or school sanctioned events or activities.

3.  Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.

4.  Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the School District or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school. This paragraph (item #4) applies only when a school administrator or teacher receives a report that bullying through this means has occurred; it does not require staff members to monitor any nonschool-related activity, function, or program.

For purposes of this policy, the term bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

1.  Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property.

2.  Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health.

3.  Substantially interfering with the student's academic performance.

4.  Substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Cyber-bullying means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photo-electronic system, or photo-optical system, including without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. Cyber-bullying includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying.
Restorative measures means a continuum of school-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in school and society, (v) serve to build and restore relationships among students, families, schools, and communities, and (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption by balancing accountability with an understanding of students’ behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school.
School personnel means persons employed by, on contract with, or who volunteer in a school district, including without limitation school and school district administrators, teachers, school guidance counselors, school social workers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, school resource officers, and security guards.

Bullying Prevention and Response Plan
The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a bullying prevention and response plan that advances the District’s goal of providing all students with a safe learning environment free of bullying and harassment. This plan must be consistent with the requirements listed below.
Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying.  A report may be made orally or in writing to the District Complaint Manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the District Complaint Manager or any staff member. Anonymous reports are also accepted.

        Complaint Manager:
        Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
        596 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL  60317
        630-469-9100

The Superintendent or designee shall fully implement the Board policies, including without limitation, the following:

a.  2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may use this policy to complain about bullying.

b.  6:60, Curriculum Content. Bullying prevention and character instruction is provided in all grades in accordance with State law.

c.  6:65, Student Social and Emotional Development. Student social and emotional development is incorporated into the District’s educational program as required by State law.

d.  6:235, Access to Electronic Networks.  This policy states that the use of the District’s electronic networks is limited to: (1) support of education and/or research, or (2) a legitimate business use.

e.  7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited. This policy prohibits any person from harassing, intimidating, or bullying a student based on an identified actual or perceived characteristic (the list of characteristics in 7:20 is the same as the list in this policy).

f.  7:185, Teen Dating Violence Prohibited. This policy prohibits teen dating violence on school property, at school sponsored activities, and in vehicles used for school-provided transportation.

g.  7:190, Student Discipline. This policy prohibits, and provides consequences for, hazing, bullying, or other aggressive behaviors, or urging other students to engage in such conduct.

h.  7:310, Restrictions on Publications. This policy prohibits students from and provides consequences for: (1) accessing and/or distributing at school any written, printed, or electronic material, including material from the Internet, that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities, and (2) creating and/or distributing written, printed, or electronic material, including photographic material and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members.

i.  9:10, Acceptable Use of Technology. This policy states that the use of the District’s electronic networks is limited to: (1) support of education and/or research, or (2) a legitimate business use. It subjects any individual to the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal actions for violating the District’s Acceptable Use of Technology policy.


LEGAL REF.:     
405 ILS 49/, Children’s Mental Health Act.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.14, 5/24-24, and 5/27-23.7.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §§1.240 and §1.280.

CROSS REF.:     
2:240 Board Policy Development
2:260 Uniform Complaint Procedure
4:170 Safety
5:230 Maintaining Student Discipline
6:60 Curriculum Content
6:65 Student Social and Emotional Development
7:20 Harassment of Students Prohibited
7:185 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited
7:190 Student Discipline
7:220 Bus Conduct
7:230 Misconduct by Students with Disabilities
7:240 Conduct Code for Participants in Extracurricular Activities
7:285 Allergy Policy
7:310 Restrictions on Publications
9:010 Acceptable Use of Technology

ADOPTED:         May 24, 2010
REVIEWED:        November 29, 2010
REVISED:           January 24, 2011
REVIEWED:        November 12, 2012
REVISED:           January 14, 2013
REVIEWED:       June 10, 2013
REVISED:           June 24, 2013
REVIEWED:        April 8, 2014
REVISED:            May 19, 2014
REVISED:           June 16, 2014                
REVIEWED:        December 8, 2014
REVISED:           February 9, 2015