Safety and Security

Anti-Harassment, Bullying, Hazing and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior (District Policy)

Hazing, bullying behavior and/or dating violence by any student/school personnel in the District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. Hazing bullying and/or dating violence means any intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical acts, including electronically transmitted acts, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students/school personnel with the intent to haze, harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity; in any District publication; through the use of any District-owned or operated communication tools, including but not limited to District e-mail accounts and/or computers; on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop.

Hazing, bullying and/or dating violence can include many different behaviors. Examples of conduct that could constitute prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:

1. Physical violence and/or attacks;

2. Threats, taunts and intimidation through words and/or gestures;

3. Extortion, damage or stealing of money and/or possessions;

4. Exclusion from the peer group or spreading rumors;

5. Repetitive and hostile behavior with the intent to harm others through the use of information and communication technologies and other web0based/online sites (also known as “cyber bullying”) such as the following:

A. Posting slurs on websites, social networking sites, blogs or personal online journals; Page 8

B. Sending abusive or threatening e-mails, website postings or comments and instant messages;

C. Using camera phones to take embarrassing photographs or videos of students and/or distributing or posting the photos or videos online and

D. Using websites, social networking sites, blogs or personal online journals, e-mails or instant messages to circulate gossip and rumors to other students.

6. Excluding others from an online group by falsely reporting them for inappropriate language to Internet service providers.

In evaluating whether conduct constitutes hazing or bullying, special attention is paid to the words chosen or the actions taken, whether such conduct occurred in front of others or was communicated to others, how the perpetrator interacted with the victim and the motivation, either admitted or appropriately inferred.

Anti-Harassment, Bullying, Hazing and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior (Furry Elementary School’s Procedure)

At Furry Elementary School, we pride ourselves in teaching our students how to behave in an acceptable manner in both social and academic settings.  We understand that the school setting may be new for most of our students and your rules and expectations at home may be different from ours at school.  We believe in restorative practices when dealing with behavior and/or discipline issues and therefore, allow our children to learn and grow from their mistakes and/or poor choices.  The staff at Furry Elementary School intervene and monitor our students to ensure that they learn appropriate school behaviors.

Student Conduct: Zero Tolerance (District Policy)

Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that exhibits respect and consideration for the rights of others. Students of the District must conform with school regulations and accept directions from authorized school personnel. The Board has “zero tolerance” of violent, harassing, intimidating, bullying or any other inappropriate behavior by its students.

A student who fails to comply with established school rules or with any reasonable request made by school personnel on school property and/or at school-related events is subject to approved student discipline regulations. Students are also subject to discipline, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct for misbehavior that occurs off school property when the misbehavior endangers the health and safety of students within the District or adversely affects the education process. The Superintendent/designee develops regulations which establish strategies ranging from prevention to intervention to address student misbehavior, and provides continuing instruction in dating violence prevention in health education courses in grades 7 through 12.

Student Conduct: Zero Tolerance (Furry Elementary School’s Procedure)

As stated in a previous section of this handbook, the staff Furry Elementary School pride ourselves in teaching our students how to behave in an acceptable manner in both social and academic settings.  We understand that the school setting may be new for most of our students and your rules and expectations at home may be different from ours at school.  We believe in restorative practices when dealing with behavior and/or discipline issues and therefore, allow our children to learn and grow from their mistakes and/or poor choices.  The staff at Furry Elementary School intervene and monitor our students to ensure that they learn appropriate school behaviors.

Surveillance Cameras (District Policy)

The Board recognizes the value of electronic surveillance systems in monitoring activity on school property and in school vehicles in protecting the health, welfare and safety of its students and staff. Carefully weighing the rights of privacy of students and staff against the District's duty to maintain order and discipline, the Board authorizes the use of electronic surveillance systems.

BCI Paperwork (Fingerprints)

All parents/guests who would like to volunteer in the school and/or have the opportunity to attend field trips must have their most recent BCI paperwork on file at the Administrative Services Center.

BCI Checks need to occur every 5 years.  A copy of your BCI paperwork needs to be sent to the Administrative Services Center.

If you are unsure of the status of your BCI paperwork, please contact the school office.