We are committed to creating a safe, caring, respectful learning environment for all students.
In its commitment to providing all students and staff with a safe learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and no one is physically or emotionally harmed, the Board of Education will not tolerate any student or staff 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.
Definition of Bullying
Bullying is a pattern of aggressive, intentional or deliberately hostile behavior that occurs repeatedly and over time. Bullying behaviors normally fall into three categories, physical, emotional, and verbal; and may include, but are not limited to, intimidation, assault; extortion; oral or written threats; teasing; putdowns; name-calling; threatening looks; gestures, or actions; rumors; false accusations; hazing, social isolation, and cyber-bullying.
Bullying behaviors are unacceptable. Forming healthy friendships is a big part of elementary school. Bully issues is elementary schools most often stem from misunderstandings and “friendship struggles.” We will talk about the importance of forming healthy friendships through our Monthly Character Themes Program which our teachers will embed in curriculum and discussions throughout the year.
With the support of staff and parents, students at Ocean Beach will do the following things to help prevent bullying:
- Refuse to let others be bullied and speak up if they see bullying
- Reach out to students that are being bullied and be a friend
- Include all students that want to be involved in games, especially those that are often left out
- REPORT BULLYING TO AN ADULT
2. Staff Awareness/Action
Our school staff will engage in on-going discussions to promote our character themes and to ensure a consistent approach to our discipline plan and anti-bully strategies are utilizedon a school-wide basis. Staff at will do the following to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at school:
- Closely supervise children in all areas of the school and playground
- Watch for signs of bullying and stop it when it happens:
- Assess safety
- Affirm student’s feelings
- Ask questions
- Act by coaching the student on what to do in the future.
- Let the student know that you will be making a report to the teacher and/or principal.
3. Student/Parent Action
We encourage students and parents who become aware of an act of bullying to immediately report the incident(s) to your child’s teacher or principal. Any student who retaliates against another for reporting bullying will also be subject to consequences.
All students shall be informed of their right to protection against bullying behaviors and the right to file a complaint if they believe they have been the victim of bullying behavior. We are responsible for investigating each complaint, determining if the complaint is legitimate in accordance with the above definition of bullying and taking appropriate corrective action. Any student (be they the victim or the bystander) may initiate a complaint by completing a confidential reporting form and returning it to the principal. These forms will be available in each class and also in the office.
Intervention and Consequences:
Reports of bullying are taken seriously and shall be dealt with quickly. Consequences shall depend on both the results of the investigation and the severity of the incident. Consequences may include but are not limited to the following:
- Mediation and problem solving
- Loss of privileges
- Parent conference
- Referral to local law enforcement agency.