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Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

How does bullying differ from other forms of conflict?

how bullying differs from other conflicts

Policy 3207 states:The District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons, from harassment, intimidation or bullying. "Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.080(3), (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristics, when the act:

  • Physically harms a student or damages the student's property.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education.
  • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Resources:

Gig Harbor High School Anti-Bullying Videos:

Who Is the District Compliance Officer and What Does The Compliance Officer Do?

RCW 28A.300.285 states that every school district shall designate one person in the district as the primary contact regarding the anti-harassment, intimidation, and bullying policy. That primary contact person receives copies of all formal and informal complaints, is responsible assuring implementation of HIB policy and procedure, and is the primary contact on the policy and procedures between the school district, the Office of the Education Ombudsman, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The Peninsula School District Compliance Officer is Daniel J. Gregory, Assistant Superintendent K-12 Education Programs. The Compliance Officer will:

  1. Serve as the district’s primary contact for harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
  2. Provide support and assistance to the principal or designee in resolving complaints.
  3. Receive copies of all Incident Reporting Forms, discipline Referral Forms, and letters to parents providing the outcomes of investigations.
  4. Be familiar with the use of PowerSchool. The compliance officer may use this information to identify patterns of behavior and areas of concern.
  5. Ensure implementation of the policy and procedure by overseeing the investigative processes, including ensuring that investigations are prompt, impartial, and thorough.
  6. Assess the training needs of staff and students to ensure successful implementation throughout the district, and ensure staff receive annual fall training.
  7. Provide the OSPI School Safety Center with notification of policy or procedure updates or changes on an annual basis.
  8. In cases where, despite school efforts, a targeted student experiences harassment, intimidation, or bullying that threatens the student’s health and safety, the compliance officer will facilitate a meeting between district staff and the child’s parents/guardians to develop a safety plan to protect the student.