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Safe Schools/Anti-Bullying

 

The South Conejos School Board of Education recognizes that providing a safe learning and working environment is a critical element that all schools must focus on if we are to achieve our goal of providing children a quality education and adults a safe working environment. Bullying is a serious issue that every administrator in every school in our country must handle. Research indicates that more than half of all school-aged children nationwide will be involved in bullying each year as a victim or a perpetrator.  Further, research reveals that there is profound physical, psychological, and social impact of where workplace bullying exists.

By definition, bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.  In our commitment to providing all students, staff, and school board with a safe learning and working environment where everyone is treated with respect and no one is physically or emotionally harmed, the South Conejos School District does not tolerate any student, staff or board member being bullied (including cyber‐bullying) or intimidated in any form at school or school‐related events, (including off‐campus events, school‐sponsored activities, school busses, any event related to school business), or outside of school hours with the intention to be carried out during any of the above. Nor will South Conejos tolerate any bullying (including cyber-bullying) by any student, staff member, school board member or school community.

Such acts include those that are reasonably perceived as being motivated either by an actual or perceived attribute that includes but is not limited to race, religion, creed, color, marital status, parental status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, mental or physical disability or any other distinguishing characteristic.

Inciting, aiding, coercing or directing of others to commit acts of bullying or cyber-bullying, harassment or intimidation are also prohibited by the South Conejos School District.

These problem cannot be solved unless schools, students, parents, teachers, administrators, school board and the community work together.

First Reading: 10/02/2017

Second Reading: 10/24/2017

Adoption Date: 11/14/2017

 

C.R.S. 22-32-109.1 (2) (safe school plan)

                              C.R.S. 22-32-109.1 (2)(b) (detailing information required in annual principal reports on the learning environment)

                              C.R.S. 22-32-109.1 (2.5) (districts are “encouraged” to adopt a child sexual abuse and assault prevention plan as part of a safe school plan)

                                C.R.S. 22-32-110 (1)(k) (board authority to adopt policies related to

employee safety and official conduct)

                                 C.R.S. 22-32-124 (2), (3) (building inspections)

                                 C.R.S. 24-10-106.5 (duty of care)