Bullying and Cyberbullying PROHIBITED!
Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying
The district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited.
Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. Students or parents may contact the district to obtain an incident report form that may be used to submit the complaint.
Please note that after submission of the complaint to the district employee, the district may assign the complaint to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted complaint and any other important matters pertaining to the complaint. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time.
More information about the district’s bullying policy can be found at scisd.netFFI (Local) or the campus administration office.
Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. "Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is never called cyberbullying.
Texas Law Related to Bullying
Texas Education Code, Chapter 37 Section 37.001 (a); Student Code of Conduct: requires each independent school district in Texas to have a local policy that:
(7) prohibits bullying, harassment, and making hit lists and ensures that district employees enforce those prohibitions; and
(8) provides, as appropriate for students at each grade level, methods, including options, for:
managing students in the classroom and on school grounds
B.disciplining students; and
C.preventing and intervening in student discipline problems, including bullying harassment and making hit list.
(b-1) The methods adopted under Subsection (a)(8) must provide that a student who is enrolled in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, may not be disciplined for conduct prohibited in accordance with Subsection (a)(7) until an admission, review, and dismissal committee meeting has been held to review the conduct.
The requirements for prohibiting bullying, harassment, and making hit list are quite detailed and there is also a requirement in law to require the local school district policy to “ensure that district employees enforce those prohibitions.”
Under the requirements of 37.001 (a) (8) the school district is also required to have specific options developed under local policy that are appropriate to each grade level that provide for preventing and intervening in student discipline problems, including bullying, harassment, and making hit list.
Texas Education Code Chapter 25, Section 25.0342 also offers a parent an opportunity to transfer their child to another campus if their child has been determined by the school to have been bullied.
It is important for each student to report any bullying or threats to the nearest teacher or adult at school as soon as possible so school officials may take appropriate action.
If you have concerns about bullying meet with the campus principal to express your concerns. If your child is receiving special education services go to the ARD committee to focus on the problem and arrange a plan to intervene at the campus level. For additional guidance related to addressing your concerns, we encourage you to visit your district office for clarification.
Wired Kids web site provides guidance for youth, parents and educators for responding to acts of cyberbullying.
Education.com web site includes a list of peer-reviewed articles related to bullying.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration web site offers practical advice to students and parents about ways to respond to bullying at school.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office offers information about cyberbullying, dating violence, and other safety issues.
A link to a survey of middle school students' experiences with bullying shows that kids want the adults in school to pay attention and keep them safe.
Support Organizations and Hotlines
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (888) 333-2377
Covenant House Youth Crisis Hotline (800) 999-9999
Focus Adolescent services (877) 362-8727
National Center for Victims of Crime (703) 276-2880
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233, (800)787-3224 (TTY)
National Mental Health Association (800) 969-6642
National Referral Network for Kids in Crisis (800) 543-7283
National Runaway Switchboard (800) 621-4000
National Victim Center (800) 394-2255
Trevor Helpline for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth (800) 850-8078
CIPA compliance was certified by the district on 10/27/2014, CIPA compliance was certified by the district on 11/14/2013 and CIPA compliance was certified by the district on 12/19/2012. and on 06/19/2014. ALL SCISD INTERNET ACCESS IS FILTERED BY SONICWALL.
It is the policy of Schleicher County ISD to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Childrenâ€™s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
In accordance with HB 3171, Section 38.023, the Texas Education Agency has developed and made available to school districts a list of resources concerning Internet Safety. In the navigation bar above are links to pages for students, educators and parents. Within each of the pages are links that categorize different aspects of Internet safety and digital citizenship.
By nature of the content, this site and its information are constantly evolving; therefore, emerging content and resource URLs will be continuously added to this site. We welcome informative resource links from the community, educators, and professionals in the industry to make this a robust and comprehensive reference for everyone. Links and information may be contributed by sending an email to the contact link below.
For additional information, contact:
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701