Valentine Elementary School Bullying, Discrimination,
Harassment and Intimidation
Policy & Procedures
Our Valentine Elementary School community is committed to making our school a safe, secure and peaceful place for all students. We will treat each other with respect, and we will refuse to allow bullying at our school.
Definition of Bullying
Bullying is mean or hurtful behavior that keeps happening. It is unfair and one-sided. Bullying is aggressive behavior that is usually repeated over time, occurs in a relationship where there is an imbalance of power, and intends to cause harm or distress and/or has a serious harmful or distressing impact on the targeted student(s).
California Education Code defines bullying as follows:
(1) “Bullying” means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil or group of pupils directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonable predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
(A) Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that pupil’s or those pupils’ person or property.
(B) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health.
(C) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with is or her academic performance.
(D) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with is or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.
Scope of Protection
Our school’s consequences for bullying, discrimination, harassment and intimidation apply to all acts related to school activity or school attendance occurring within the jurisdiction of our district superintendent.
On school grounds: Immediately before or after school hours, during school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group.
Off school grounds: At a school activity, function, or event
When traveling: To or from a school activity, function or event
It is our school’s expectation that all bullying incidents will be reported.
Investigating and Responding
Teachers and staff will:
Once a bullying report is received, our school’s administration will conduct an investigation within three school days. If it is determined that bullying has occurred as defined in our policy, our school’s administration will:
An appeal of the resolution of any complaint may be made to the School District Superintendent or his/her designee.
All complainants will be protected from retaliation and the identity of a complainant alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying will remain confidential, as appropriate.
Written records of all bullying incidents and their resolution must be maintained for the period of time required by law.
There will be consequences and appropriate remedial action for those involved in bullying, discrimination, harassment, intimidation including any act of retaliation against a student for reporting. The developmental maturity levels of the parties, the levels of harm, the reasons surrounding the incident, the nature of the bullying, discrimination, harassment and intimidation, the context in which the alleged incidents occurred, the relationships between the students, and the past history of the parties involved should be considered when determining consequences.
Our school will consider our hierarchy of consequences in determining consequences.
Training & Prevention Education
Our school takes a proactive approach to dealing with bullying by providing the following training and prevention education for our students and staff: