Students have the right to feel safe in school which means they should be able to attend school without fear of threat, harm, harassment or bullying.
Students have the responsibility to conduct themselves in such a way that respects the safety, rights, and dignity of all individuals. Students have the responsibility to express their thoughts and feelings in a manner that does not offend, slander, ridicule, harass or bully others. It is the responsibility of all school staff members, students and concerned individuals who observe or become aware of acts of bullying to report these acts in writing, confidentially (where possible) to a school administrator. (Please see “Allegation of Bullying Incident” reporting form on your school’s website.) All submitted reports will be carefully reviewed and appropriately addressed.
Inappropriate physical and verbal behaviors that violate another student’s right to feel safe in school will not be tolerated. Repeated physical and/or verbal behaviors may be considered bullying. The School District of La Crosse views bullying as “being exposed, repeatedly or over time, to negative actions by one or more people”. (See Addendum A: Administrative Policy JICK). Bullying behavior is prohibited in all schools, buildings, property and educational environments, including any property or vehicle owned, leased or used by the school district. Educational environments include, but are not limited to, every activity under school supervision.
Behaviors may include, but are not limited to:
1. POSSESSION OR USE OF ANY WEAPON OR ARTICLE AS A WEAPON TO THREATEN OR INJURE OTHER PERSONS.
2. POSSESSION OR USE OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS OR DISRUPTIVE ARTICLES (examples would include, but not necessarily limited to: bombs, firecrackers, and snowballs).
3. MAKING A FALSE BOMB THREAT.
4. FIGHTING OR SIMILAR BEHAVIOR which might threaten or cause bodily harm to others.
5. PHYSICAL (e.g. assault, hitting or punching, kicking, theft).
6. VERBAL (e.g. threatening or intimidating language, teasing or name-calling, racist remarks).
7. INDIRECT (e.g. spreading cruel rumors, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion, and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or using the Internet—also known as cyber bullying).
8. Between students and students, students and adults, or adults and adults.
Students violating this section will be subject to, but not limited to:
- Referral to the police
- Notification of parents
- Appropriate action by school authorities
(a) referral to other school personnel
(b) suspension from classes, school premises, and/or school-related activities: parental conference for re-admission
(c) placement in alternative educational setting
- Restitution for costs incurred
In the elementary and middle school levels, the School District of La Crosse has embraced the Olweus Bully Prevention model. This program involves a school-wide effort to reduce opportunities for bullying and to improve peer relations.
The approach includes classroom discussions about rules against bullying. The rules are also visually displayed throughout the schools. Students are supervised during break periods to reduce bullying opportunities and a confidential reporting system for victims has been established for each school.