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Bullying/Cyberbullying/Harassment/Intimidation Reporting

Online Harassment and Intimidation (Bullying) Reporting form
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Read more about this form and what happens when it is submitted

Students, parents/guardians of students, or close relatives of students may use this form to report incidents of harassment or intimidation (bullying) to schools, outside of the discipline process.  When completed, the form is returned to the administrator of the studentís school, who will conduct an investigation.

Contacts:

Alice L. Swift, Director of Safe and Orderly Schools  410-222-5288

Gail Cicero, Director of Student Support Services 410-222-5322

Questions about Anti-Bullying efforts at AACPS?  Call the Office of School Counseling at 410-222-5280

Anit-BullyingBullying, cyberbullying, harassment and intimidation, hazing, and/or bias behaviors are unsafe behaviors that do not reflect respect for others as defined by the Code of Student Conduct.  If a student is a target of one of these behaviors, you can report it using the Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form (above, right).

This form is also available in the main office of schools or the school counseling office. Students can also report issues directly to a staff member.  When a situation that involves any of these behaviors is reported, staff members will respond quickly and will provide a practical, private, and safe place to report.

SigNS THAT A CHILD MAY BE A TARGET OF BULLYING

  • Change in school performance

  • Absenteeism

  • Truancy/drop out

  • Peer rejection




 
  • Fear of social situations

  • Alienation and loneliness

  • Poor self-esteem

  • Chronic illness

What Bullying Is


There's a difference between bullying behavior and normal peer conflict


Bullying is behavior that:
 

  • Is intentional.
     

  • Is repeated over time: Chronic bullying is considered more than 2 acts per month.
     

  • Is intended to harm: There is an intent to cause physical or emotional hurt.
     

  • Involves a power differential: One person is more popular, bigger, older than another.
     

  • Creates a hostile educational environment: a student doesn't feel safe.
     

  • Is done through the use of social media, otherwise known as Cyberbullying - read more

What Bullying Isn't


Just as important as understanding what bullying isnít


Bullying is not:
 

  • Unkind words that occur once;
     

  • Rough-housing or rough play that is not in-tended to hurt; A physical attack that is not part of a pattern of behavior; or
     

  • Behavior that may be inappropriate to the adult, but that the other does not perceive as hurtful, for example name-calling that all are participating in on an equal basis.


What Can Be Done - Resources to Help

If your questioning leads you to believe that a child is being bullied
 

  • Never tell the student to ignore the bullying.
     

  • Donít blame the person who is being bullied.
     

  • Tell your child that bullying is wrong, that expressing feelings and how they are experiencing this is the right thing to do.
     

  • Ask what he or she thinks will help.
     

  • Do not encourage physical retaliation.

Bullying may not stop without the help of adults at school
 

  • Contact the teacher, school counselor, and/or administrator.
     

  • Ask your childís teacher questions about his or her interactions with other children.
     

  • Look for help from the school counselor with social skills, assertiveness, or friendship skills training.
     

  • Do not contact the parents of the student(s) who bullied your child.
     

  • Expect the bullying to stopÖtalk regularly with your child and school staff about this issue.

 
Conflict Resolution Skills

It is important that you help your child develop skills to handle conflict in an appropriate way and to seek help from an adult when necessary.

  • Encourage friendships.
  • Teach your children to express themselves clearly yet tactfully.
  • Teach self-respect.
  • Stress the importance of body language.
  • Start teaching the art of negotiation early.
Resources

Links to comprehensive websites for parents and children about bullying and how to handle bullying situations.

www.StopBullyingNow.hrsa.gov

www.bullying.org

www.kidpower.org

www.loveourchildrenusa.org/stopschoolviolence


Counseling Offered by AACPS

School counselors, school psychologists, school social workers (where available), and school nurses can offer counseling and support to students who have been the targets of bullying and harassment in order to ensure that these (and all) students feel safe and supported..  These student services staff members provide individual and small group counseling, monitoring of Safety Plans, as well as classroom lessons and facilitation of schoolwide activities.  If you feel your child is in need of support from a member of the schoolís student services team, please contact the school counseling office to discuss your concerns.


More about Reporting Bullying and Harassment

The Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2010 mandates the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to require county boards of education to report incidents of harassment or intimidation (bullying) against students attending a public school. The law requires that the following be reported:

  • A description of the act constituting the harassment or intimidation (bullying);

  • The age of the victim and alleged perpetrator;

  • The allegation of the alleged perpetratorís motive;

  • A description of the investigation of the complaint and any corrective action taken by the appropriate school authorities;

  • The number of days a student is absent from school, if any, as a result of the incident; and

  • The number of false allegations reported.


What Happens When you Submit the Electronic Bullying Form

Anyone has the right to complete a Bullying/Harassment and Intimidation Reporting Form. If you do not wish to complete the form, a school staff member can complete and submit it. When the form is submitted to the school:

  • The form is sent immediately to the principal/(principal's secretary) so that an administrator can handle in accordance with the Bullying and Harassment Regulation for the AACPS school system.

If it is determined by an administrator that bullying or cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, hazing, and/or bias behaviors have occurred, the students involved in these behaviors will receive support from a school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, pupil personnel worker, or school health staff person to be sure that everyone involved in the incident feels safe and supported and understands how to avoid these situations in the future.

Actions also include:

  • Conducting an investigation within two (2) school days of receiving the report;
  • Taking appropriate action, based on the Code of Student Conduct  in the Student Handbook
  • Notifying the parent/guardian of the target and the student engaging in bullying behavior;
  • Completing the Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Investigative Report form; and
  • Referring the target and the student engaging in in bullying behaviors to Student Services team member for support, including the development of a Safety Plan, if appropriate.

Information will not be provided about other children who may be involved in the bullying behavior.