DISTRICT SAFE SCHOOL CLIMATE PLAN

 

INTRODUCTION

The Killingly Board of Education is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment that is physically, emotionally and intellectually safe and thus free from bullying, harassment and discrimination. In accordance with state law and the Board’s Safe School Climate Plan, the Board expressly prohibits any form of bullying behavior on school grounds; at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program, whether on or off school grounds; at a school bus stop; on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education; or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by Board of Education.

The Board also prohibits any form of bullying behavior outside of the school setting if such bullying (i) creates a hostile environment at school for the student against whom such bullying was directed, (ii) infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying was directed at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Discrimination and/or retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in the investigation of an act of bullying are likewise prohibited.                             
 
BOE Policy No. 5131.911   

 

Component

Actions

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Bullying

Policy

Continue to implement and enforce already approved Anti-Bullying Policy which includes:

·         Student codes of conduct that are defined and prohibit bullying in accordance with state law.

·         A prohibition against bullying on school grounds, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education, or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by the local or regional board of education

·         A prohibition against bullying outside of the school setting if such bullying results in any of the following: (i) creates a hostile environment at school for the student against whom such bullying was directed, (ii) infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying was directed at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

·         A prohibition against any form of discrimination and retaliation directed toward an individual who reports or assists in the investigation of an act of bullying is also strictly prohibited.

Board of Education  and Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ongoing

Reporting Procedures

·         Orally notify the Safe School Climate Specialist or school Administrator after being witness to acts of bullying or receiving reports of bullying

·         File a written report with the Safe School Climate Specialist after being witness to acts of bullying or receiving reports of bullying

·         Any student who believes s/he has been the victim of bullying/cyberbullying may report the matter to any school employee, either in writing or anonymously.

·         Parent(s)/guardian(s) may file written reports of Suspected bullying/cyberbullying.

All school employees

 

 

All school employees

 

 

All Students

 

 

All Parents

Within one school day after witnessing or receiving report

Within two school days of oral notification

Ongoing

 

 

Ongoing

Notification Requirements

·         Provide all school employees with a written or electronic copy of the school district's Safe School Climate Plan.

·         Notify students and the parents or guardians of students of the process by which students may make reports of bullying.

·         Provide students with notice of the definition of bullying, cyberbullying and the potential consequences of engaging in such acts by the inclusion of language in student codes of conduct concerning bullying.

·         Publish Safe School Climate Plan on the school district's Internet web site and ensure that such plan is included in the school district's publication of the rules, procedures and standards of conduct for schools and in all student handbooks.

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator

 

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator

 

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator and Specialists

 

Superintendent of Schools

annually

 

 

annually

 

 

annually

 

 

 

By Feb 1, 2012 and annually

Investigation

·         Develop and disseminate investigation procedures for use by safe school climate specialists.

·         Investigate or supervise the investigation of all reports of bullying and ensure that such investigation is completed promptly after receipt of any written reports.

·         Review any anonymous reports, except that no disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

·         Determine whether the alleged conduct occurred & whether such conduct constitutes bullying as defined in the district policy.

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator

*Safe School Climate Specialists

 

Safe School Climate Specialists

 

 

*Safe School Climate Specialists

 

 

*With support of Safe School Climate Coordinator

Upon receipt of report

Promptly

 

 

Upon completion of investigation

 

Upon completion of investigation

Response to Verified Acts of Bullying

·         Take prompt corrective action that is reasonably calculated to stop the bullying and prevent any recurrence of such behavior, if it is determined that bullying has occurred.

·         Notify the parents or guardians of students who commit any verified acts of bullying and the parents or guardians of students against whom such acts were directed not later than forty-eight hours after the completion of the investigation. This notification shall include a description of the response of school employees to such acts and any consequences that may result from the commission of further acts of bullying

·         Invite the parent(s)/guardian(s) of  students who engage in any verified acts of bullying after the completion of the investigation to a meeting at which the following will be shared:

  1. A description of the verified act(s).
  2. A description of the school’s interventions in response to the act(s).

      3.   Any consequences that may result from the

            commission of any further acts of bullying.

·         Invite the parent(s)/guardian(s) of any student against whom an act of bullying was verified after the completion of the investigation at which the following information will be shared:

1.      A description of the verified act(s).

2.      A description of the school’s interventions designed to keep the student safe & prevent any further acts of bullying.

3.      The content of the student safety support plan.

Except in rare circumstances, such meetings with parents and guardians should be held separately.

·         Develop a student safety support plan for any student against whom an act of bullying was directed. The plan shall address safety measures the school will take to protect such students against further acts of bullying.

·         Develop case-by-case interventions to address repeated incidents of bullying against a single individual or recurrently perpetrated bullying incidents by the same individual that may include both counseling and discipline.

·         Notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency when principal, or designee, believes that any acts of bullying constitute criminal conduct.

*Safe School Climate Specialists

 

 

*Safe School Climate Specialists

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Safe School Climate Specialists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Safe School Climate Specialists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safe School Climate Specialists

 

 

 

 

Safe School Climate Specialists

 

 

 

 

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator and Specialists

 

*With support of Safe School Climate Coordinator

Upon determination that bullying has occurred

 

48 hours after the completion of the investigation

 

 

 

 

 

Upon determination that bullying has occurred

 

 

 

 

 

Upon determination that bullying has occurred

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon determination that bullying has occurred

 

 

Upon determination that bullying has occurred

 

 

As appropriate

Safe School Climate Committee

·         Appoint District Safe School Climate Coordinator

·         Appoint Safe School Climate Specialist in each school

·         At each school establish Safe School Climate Committee in accordance with the law, (including at least one parent/guardian of a student at the school)

·         At each school establish roles, responsibilities and procedures for Safe School Climate Committee including:

·         Receive copies of completed reports following investigations of bullying;

·         Identify and address patterns of bullying among students in the school;

·         Review and make recommendations to amend school policies relating to bullying;

·         Review and make recommendations to the district safe school climate coordinator regarding the district's safe school climate plan based on issues and experiences specific to the school;

·         Educate students, school employees and parents and guardians of students on issues relating to bullying;

·         Collaborate with the district safe school climate coordinator in the collection of data regarding bullying, in accordance with the law;

·         Perform any other duties as determined by the school principal that are related to the prevention, identification and response to school bullying for the school.

Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Schools

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator and Specialists

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator and Specialists

 

By July 1, 2012

By July 1, 2012

By July 1, 2012

 

 

By July 1, 2012

Prevention and Intervention Strategy

·         Identify effective evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies approved by CSDE. Strategies may include, but are not limited to the following:

o        Students will participate in an evidence-based approach, program or process approved by the State Department of Education that is designed to ensure a positive school climate & prevent bullying.

o        Students will be made aware school rules prohibiting bullying, harassment and intimidation and establishing appropriate consequences for those who engage in such acts;

o        Adequate adult supervision of outdoor areas, hallways, the lunchroom and other specific areas where bullying is likely to occur;

o        Inclusion of grade-appropriate bullying education and prevention curricula in kindergarten through high school;

o        Individual interventions with the bully, parents and school employees, and interventions with the bullied child, parents and school employees;

o        School-wide training related to safe school climate;

o        Student peer training, education and support;

o        Promotion of parent involvement in bullying prevention through individual or team participation in meetings, trainings and individual interventions.

·         Implement the prevention and intervention strategies identified by the Safe School Climate Committee

·         Provide students with access to evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator, Specialists and Safe School Climate Committee(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All School Employees

 

All School Employees

By July 1, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

Ongoing

 

Assessment of School Climate

·         Complete an assessment using the school climate assessment instruments including surveys, approved and disseminated by the State Department of Education for each school

·         Submit assessment results for each school in the district to the State Department of Education

·         Review and analyze data obtained from climate surveys/ make necessary modifications to the district plan

·          Compare and contrast survey results with the National School Climate Standards and best practices 

Pete Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator, Specialists and Safe School Climate Committee(s)

Pete Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator

Safe School Climate Committee(s)

 

Safe School Climate Committee(s)

 

By July 1, 2012, and biennially thereafter,

By July 1, 2012 and according to CSDE guidelines

Ongoing

 

 

Ongoing

Documentation and Record Keeping

·         Establish a procedure for each school to:

o        Document and maintain records relating to reports and investigations of bullying in the school. 

o        Maintain a list of the number of verified acts of bullying in the school and make such list available for public inspection. This public list must not contain any personally identifiable information about any student or information that might reasonably lead to the identification of any student.

 

·         Report the number of verified acts of bullying in the district’s schools to the Department of Education in such manner as prescribed by the Commissioner of Education

 

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator & Specialists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator

 

 

 

 

By July 1, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annually based on timeline established by CSDE

 

Training

·         Provide all certified school employees training on the prevention, identification and response to bullying and the prevention of and response to youth suicide.  The training will be provided to teachers, administrators and pupil personnel who hold the initial educator, provisional educator or professional educator certificate via in-service training.

·         Provide all other school employees training provided by the State Department of Education.

Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator and Specialists

 

 

 

 

CSDE with Peter Gerardi, Safe School Climate District Coordinator and Specialists

Annually

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annually

 

 

Approved by BOE:                January 11, 2012

 

Draft plan reviewed by the Town of Killingly Board of Education at the January meeting January 11, 2012.

 

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