Summit Charter School believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment and does not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. Summit's complete policy on bullying is detailed below, as are the pledge against bullying taken by both parents and students and the form to report any incidents of bullying.
Summit Charter School adheres to the definition of bullying as outlined in the 2009 School Violence Prevention Act and included at the end of this section. A student shall not intimidate, harass, or bully another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes: direct physical contact, verbal assaults, cyber-bullying, and social isolation or manipulation.
115C-407.15. Bullying and harassing behavior.
“As used in this Article, "bullying or harassing behavior" is any pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or on a school bus, and that:
(1) Places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; or
(2) Creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student's educational performance, opportunities, or benefits. For purposes of this section, "hostile environment" means that the victim subjectively views the conduct as bullying or harassing behavior and the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree that it is bullying or harassing behavior.
Bullying or harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to, acts reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.”
Summit expects students to immediately report incidents of bullying to a teacher and the director should be informed of all reports of bullying. Teachers who witness such acts take immediate steps to intervene and each complaint of bullying should be promptly investigated. Complaints can be turned in anonymously in writing or by direct report to a staff member. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, and during a school-sponsored activity.
Teachers should discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and should assure them that they need not endure any form of bullying. Students who bully are in violation of this policy and are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
To help prevent bullying, the school counselor will facilitate staff development training and classroom lessons on bullying prevention and Summit will continue to utilize character education to cultivate acceptance and understanding in all students and staff to build the school's capacity to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. Teachers will also ensure that students prone to aggressive behavior and victims of bullying receive in-school counseling services.
The procedures for intervening in bullying behavior include, but are not limited, to the following:
* All staff and parents will receive a copy of this policy prohibiting intimidation and bullying at the beginning of the school year or as part of new student orientation.
* The school will make reasonable efforts to keep a report of bullying and the results of investigation confidential.
* Teachers who witness acts of bullying shall take immediate steps to intervene. People witnessing or experiencing bullying are expected to report the incident; such reporting will not reflect on the target or witnesses in any way.
Reported incidents will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken after considering the following:
* Nature, severity, and number of occurrence(s) of the behavioral impact on the target
* Degree of physical, psychological, and social harm on the target
* Student’s age, development and degree of maturity
* Surrounding circumstances and context in which the incident(s) occurred
* Prior disciplinary history and continuing patterns of behavior
* Relationship between and among the parties involved
* Context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred
Acts of bullying and aggression will require parent(s) of involved parties to meet with director and disciplinary action will be determined on an individual basis. Consequences include, but are not limited to a verbal or written apology, detention, suspension and/or expulsion.
Summit students and their parents are asked to pledge their support in preventing and/or reporting bullying and harassing behavior. Please print and sign the document below, agreeing to be a part of our committed community.
Please help us combat bullying and/or harassing behavior within the Summit Charter School. If you have witnessed or know about an incident of bullying or harassing behavior, please report it via our online form. This process can be completely anonymous, though we do greatly appreciate you providing your name and contact information for follow-up, should you be so willing.