The Valley View School District and Board of Education understands the seriousness of category H and has adopted a policy that clearly describes their position, please see board policy 5517.01. Therefore we are committed to eliminating and preventing harassment/sexual harassment/bullying/cyber-bullying. The Board of Education does not tolerate harassment, intimidation or bullying of any student, or staff member, on school property or at a school-sponsored event, and regardless of whether the event occurs on or off school property (including on school buses and other school-related vehicles). These types of behaviors that occur off school grounds and not at a school-sponsored event, but carry over to intolerable behaviors at school, may be addressed. Students who engage in such behavior are subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from school. The Board’s commitment to addressing such prohibited behavior involves a multi-faceted approach, which includes education and the promotion of a school atmosphere in which harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying will not be tolerated by students, staff, or administration. Students are strongly encouraged to REPORT these types of behaviors to school personnel.

For purposes of this policy we define Bullying/Cyberbullying as:

Any intentional written (via electronic or other means), verbal, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another student more than once and the behavior both:

  1. causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and
  2. is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.

Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  1. Unwanted advances/sexual advances, including propositioning
  2. School related dating violence; a pattern of behavior where a person uses or threatens physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to control the person’s dating partner primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate involvement whether casual, serious, or long-term. (A dating partner is any person, regardless of gender, involved in an intimate relationship with another person.)
  3. Non-verbal conduct such as leering or gesturing
  4. Verbal conduct such as derogatory comments, slurs, jokes, kidding/parody
  5. Unwanted physical contact such as touching, assault, impeding or blocking movement.
  6. Electronically transmitted acts via the internet, cell phone, wireless held devices, as well as non-electronic communications and drawings.