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  • 1. 1 Belchertown Public Schools Success for Every Student Every Day Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan Guide for administration, faculty, and staff Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 2. 2 Table of Contents Priority Statement 3 Definitions 4 Relationship to Other Laws 7 Leadership 8 Training and Professional Development 10 Access to Resources and Services 11 Academic and Non-Academic Activities 12 Reporting and Responding to Bullying & Retaliation 13 Collaboration with Families 24 Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 3. 3 Priority Statement The Belchertown Public School community is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment, where all students, employees, and visitors, are free from bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, and intimidation. This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive efforts to promote learning, a culture of respect and tolerance; and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behaviors that can impede the learning process. Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 4. 4 Bullying as defined in M.G.L. c. 71 370, is the 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: i.causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the targets property; ii.places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property; iii.creates a hostile environment at school for the target; iv.infringes on the rights of the target at school; or v.materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Definitions Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 5. 5 Definitions (continued) Aggressor is student who engages in bullying, cyber- bullying, or retaliation. 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. See M.G.L. c. 71 370 for the legal definition of cyber-bullying. Hostile environment as defined in M.G.L. c. 71 370, 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 students education. Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 6. 6 Definitions (continued) 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. Staff includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, and bus drivers, and athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, or paraprofessionals. Target is a student against whom bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated. Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 7. 7 Relationship to Other Laws Consistent with state and federal laws, and the policies of the school or district, no person shall be discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privilege and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. Nothing in the Plan prevents the school or district from taking action to remediate discrimination or harassment based on a persons membership in a legally protected category under local, state, or federal law, or school or district policies. In addition, nothing in the Plan is designed or intended to limit the authority of the school or district to take disciplinary action or other action under M.G.L. c. 71 37H or 37H , other applicable laws, or local school or district policies in response to violent, harmful, or disruptive behavior, regardless of whether the Plan covers the behavior. Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 8. 8 Leadership Leadership at all levels will play a critical role in developing and implementing this Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (the Plan) in the context of other whole school and community efforts to promote positive school climate. Leaders have a primary role in teaching students to be civil to one another and promoting understanding of and respect for diversity and difference. The Belchertown Public Schools have involved representatives from the greater school and local community in developing and implementing the Plan. Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 9. 9 Leadership Plan Details Goals/Objectives Strategies Persons Responsible Due Date A. Public involvement in developing the plan B. Assessing needs and resources C. Planning and oversight A.1. Establish Anti-Bullying Task Force (ABTF) A.2. Advertise to ll positions on the Task Force A.3. Hold public forum regarding the plan to gather input prior to nalization B.1. Develop and administer paper survey for students in grades K-2 B.2. Use Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) surveys for students in grades 3-12, faculty & staff, and parents & guardians B.3. Assess resources available to implement plan C. See plan: oversee elements/ implementation A.1. Superintendent and School Committee A.2. Administration A.3. Anti-Bullying Task Force and School Committee B.1. Administration & faculty, with input from ABTF B.2. MIS department, Data Administrator, School Administration and Superintendent of Schools B.3. ABTF C. See plan: oversight of all by Healthy and Safer Schools Committee A.1. August 17, 2010 A.2. September 15, 2010 A.3. December 14, 2010 B.1. October 29, 2010 B.2. October 29, 2010 B.3. January 31, 2011 C. Ongoing Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 10. 10 Training and Professional Development A.There will be annual staff training to discuss this Plan which will specify policies and procedures used when investigating and dealing with issues regarding bullying. Staff members hired after the beginning of the year will be given training regarding bullying. B. There will be on-going professional development aimed at building staff skills to prevent, identify and respond to bullying. The professional development will be informed by research and will focus on information which is age and/or developmentally appropriate for the students of the school. C.Professional development will also address ways to prevent and to respond to the needs of IEP students under the law, especially students whose disability affects social skills development. D.You may find more information regarding the districts policy and plan in your schools Parent/Student Handbook and on our web site: www.belchertownps.org > Quick Links > Bullying Prevention 10 Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 11. 11 Access to Resources and Services The Plan describes the strategies for providing supports and services necessary to meet these needs. In order to enhance the districts or individual schools capacity to prevent, intervene early, and respond effectively to bullying, available services should reflect an understanding of the dynamics of bullying and provide approaches to address the needs of targets and aggressors. The Plan includes a strategy for providing counseling or referral to appropriate services for aggressors, targets, and family members of those students. Your building administrator and/or guidance staff can be of assistance to you in providing these supports to students. The district has created a Family Resource Guide that provides information on services available outside our schools, which can be found in the family information centers at each school or on our web site: www.belchertownps.org > Quick Links > Family Resources Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 12. 12 Academic and Non-Academic Activities In accordance with the Plan, the Belchertown Public Schools have adopted the PeaceBuilders program as our bullying prevention and intervention curriculum. Six principles guide this program in both academic and non- academic settings: 1. Praise People 2. Give up put-downs 3. Seek wise people 4. Notice and speak up about hurts I have caused 5. Right wrongs 6. Help others 7. Build peace at home, at school, and in my community every day. Each school develops an annual implementation plan for the program. Please see your building administrator for more information about the plan for your school. Wednesday, August 21, 13
  • 13. 13 Reporting and Responding to Bullying & Retaliation Reporting bullying or retaliation - Reports of bullying or retaliation may be made by staff, students, parents or guardians, or others, and may be oral or written. Oral reports made by or to a staff member shall be recorded in writing. A staff members are required to report immediately t

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