Quaker Valley School District
Section: Student Related Policies
Date Adopted: July 8, 2003
Date Reviewed: January 14, 2014
Date Last Revised: November 29, 2016
Related Policies: 205.00; 220.01; 231.00; 234.00; 235.00; 236.01; 902.00
The Quaker Valley School District believes that bullying and other forms of intimidation in the school setting have a negative effect on student well-being and on the climate of our schools. Adults have a responsibility to model and reinforce appropriate social behaviors in our schools. Students who are intimidated and fearful are likely to be distracted and unable to fulfill their educational responsibilities. Furthermore, bullying often leads to violence.
Every student has the right to an education and to be safe and happy at school. An antibullying curriculum is taught to students beginning in kindergarten, and spans through grade 12. Additionally, teachers and staff receive annual training on how to recognize signs of bullying and to appropriately intervene as necessary.
Act 61 of 2008
“Bullying” is defined as an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or a series of acts: (1) directed at
another student or students; (2) which occurs in or relates to a school setting; (3) that is severe, persistent or pervasive; and (4) that has the effect of doing any of the following: (a) substantially interfering with a student’s
education; (b) creating a threatening environment; or (c) substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
“School setting” shall mean in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school. Examples of bullying are physical intimidation or assault; extortion; oral or written threats; teasing; “put downs;” name calling; threatening looks; gestures, or actions; cruel rumors; false accusations; social isolation, and “cyberbullying.”
“Cyberbullying” may include but is not limited to a communication or image transmitted by means of electronic device, telephone, wireless phone, or other wireless communication devices, computer or pagers.
The school district or its employees shall not tolerate any bullying behavior on district grounds, on school buses or
stops, at any school activity or anyplace the school district has jurisdiction.
Delegation of Responsibility
The district expects employees who observe or become aware of an act of bullying to immediately intervene and report the bullying to the school principal for further investigation. Students who feel they have been a victim of bullying behavior are encouraged to tell a trusted school district employee and/or report via the school district tip-line at www.qvsd.org, or by calling (412)749-3633.
The district expects and encourages students and adults who become aware of an act of bullying to report it to the
building principal for investigation and/or report via the school district tipline at www.qvsd.org, or by calling (412) 749-3633.
Any student who retaliates against another for reporting bullying will be subject to disciplinary action.
The principal shall appropriately investigate any and all accusations of bullying behavior by students or adults.
Consequences & Intervention
Students who bully others shall be subject to disciplinary action, counseling or other appropriate consequences and intervention as administered by the principal with appropriate consultation with the superintendent or his/her designee.
Disciplinary action may include detention, suspension, or expulsion. Chronic cases of bullying/harassment shall require more serious disciplinary consequences in accordance with the QV Code of Conduct, PA School Code, and applicable local, state, and federal law.
Act 61 of 2008
This policy must be displayed and accessible for review on the school’s publicly accessible Internet web site, in every classroom and in each school building where notices are usually posted. The policy must be reviewed with students within 90 days of its adoption or revision, and, thereafter, at least once each school year.
This policy must be reviewed every three (3) years.