What is bullying?
Everyone has the right to feel physically and emotionally safe at A+ Children’s Academy Community School. Our students, teachers, staff and parents will do everything possible, as a member of the school’s community, to create and preserve a physically and emotionally safe environment. As a member of the APCA community, they will strive to treat everyone with respect regardless of any differences. Bullying is defined as intentionally aggressive behavior that can take many forms (verbal, physical, social, emotional, or cyber – or any combination of these); it involves an imbalance of power, and is often repeated over time. The bullying can consist of one child bullying another or a group of children against one lone child.
A+ Children’s Academy Community School prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student on school property, on a school bus, at school sponsored events or an electronic act and the following consequences, including suspension, will be strictly enforced.
Bullying- Level II offense: Systematically and chronically being cruel to other students on school property or off school grounds if it adversely impacts the educational environment at school for students or staff. This may include, but it is not limited to, pictures, nasty rumors, repeatedly teasing another person, name calling with profanity, and purposeful exclusion.
Bullying- Level III offense: Systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment, or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation, on school property or off school grounds if it adversely impacts the educational environment at school for students or staff.
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR BULLYING:
-Parent phone call or parent conference
-Removal of privileges
-On campus suspension
-Suspension from school
-No contact contract
We understand that Bullying will result in: predictable and escalating consequences:
1st Offense: Incident investigated by administration followed by a student conference and parent notification. Incident entered on behavior report.
2nd Offense: Incident investigated by administration. Consequences will be assigned accordingly and student/parental conference scheduled with Administration. An individual plan is developed and then signed by student, parent and administration.
3rd Offense: Incident investigated by administration. Student will be assigned an on campus suspension or severe cases an out of school suspension. Any severe situation will result in a student being sent immediately to the office. Severe behaviors may lead to more serious consequences according to District policies. If the student has broken the law, the administration will inform the police.
A+CA RULES CONCERNING BULLYING:
1.) WE ARE A BULLY-FREE ZONE! WE WILL NOT BULLY OTHER STUDENTS.
2.) WE WILL NOT BE BYSTANDERS. WHEN WE SEE BULLYING WE WILLTELL A TEACHER, ADMINISTRATOR,
COUNSELOR, STAFF MEMBER OR PARENT. WE CAN ALSO PUT A COMPLAINT IN THE “BULLY BOX”.
3.) WE WILLTREAT OTHERS HOW WE WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED OURSELVES.
4.) WE WILL TRY TO HELP OTHER STUDENTS WHO ARE BULLIED. WE WILL MAKE IT A POINT TO INCLUDE
STUDENTS WHO ARE LEFT OUT.
5.) WE WILL TELL OUR PARENTS ABOUT CYBER-BULLYING. WE WILL EXHIBIT ANTI-BULLYING BEHAVIOR WHEN USING TECHNOLOGY.