c MODULE: Anti-Bullying Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law Children with

c MODULE: Anti-Bullying Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law Children with

c MODULE: Anti-Bullying Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law Children with Disabilities - M.G.L. c.71B, 3: Whenever the evaluation of the IEP team indicates that the child has a disability that affects social skills development or that the child is vulnerable to bullying, harassment or teasing because of the childs disability, the IEP shall address the skills and proficiencies needed to avoid and respond to bullying, harassment or teasing. Applies equally to students who are perpetrators of bullying Bullying Prevention and Intervention M.G.L. c.71, 37O and the Districts Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (BPIP) prohibit bullying, cyberbullying, and retaliation:

on school grounds, property immediately adjacent to school grounds, ata school sponsored or school related activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a school district or school, or through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by a school district or school; and/or at a location, activity, function or program that is not school related, or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased or used by a school district or school, if the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the target, infringes on their rights at school, or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Definitions Bullying: the repeated use by one or more students or by a member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that: causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victims

property; or places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property; or creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; or infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Definitions, cntd. Cyberbullying: bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including: The creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person; or The knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in the definition of bullying; or The distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed

by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in the definition of bullying The Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Act: Definitions Perpetrator/Aggressor: a student or member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional who engages in bullying or retaliation. Victim/Target: a student victim of bullying or retaliation. Hostile Environment: where bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to alter the conditions of the students education. Retaliation: reprisal or harassment directed against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying. Bullying Vulnerable Populations

Certain students may be more vulnerable to becoming a target of bullying or harassment based on actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, including: Race Color Religion Ancestry National origin Sex Socioeconomic status

Or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have 1 or more of these characteristics. Homelessness Academic status Gender identity or expression

Physical appearance Pregnant or parenting status Sexual orientation Disability Valley Collaborative recognizes and supports this vulnerable population of students in avoiding bullying, harassment and teasing. The following definition applies to a student or member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional who engages in bullying or retaliation: A Victim/Target B

Pedestrian C Perpetrator/Aggressor D Bystander The following definition applies to a student or member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional who engages in bullying or retaliation: A Victim/Target

B Pedestrian C Perpetrator/Aggressor D Bystander INCORRECT Please try again The following definition applies to a student or member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or

paraprofessional who engages in bullying or retaliation: A Victim/Target B Pedestrian C Perpetrator/Aggressor D Bystander CORRECT

District-Wide Bullying Prevention and Intervention Responsibilities of School Staff staff member who witnesses or becomes aware of bullying or retaliation must immediately Plan Any report it to the Principal/Supervisor Complaints/Reports May be oral or in writing May be made anonymously although no discipline can be imposed based solely on an anonymous complaint. Principal/Supervisors Responsibility The Principal/Supervisor or a designee will promptly commence an investigation.

Principal/Supervisor makes preliminary determination regarding the need for referral to law enforcement and need for immediate intervention to protect the victims safety. Principal/Supervisor or designee conducts investigation. May provide notice of ongoing investigation If the Principal/Supervisor determines, following investigation, that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the Principal/Supervisor shall: notify the local law enforcement agency if the Principal/Supervisor believes that criminal charges may be pursued against a perpetrator of bullying. take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective action; notify the parents or guardians of the victim and aggressor Reporting of Bullying or Harassment If you: Receive a complaint or report of bullying or harassment;

Observe bullying or harassment; or Become aware of bullying or harassment; Report it to your Principal/Supervisor! Bullying Intervention/Corrective Action Provide support services to the target, aggressor, and/or witnesses: Restore a sense of safety for the target and assess the victims need for protection; Protect any person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying or witnesses or has reliable information about an act of bullying from bullying or retaliation; Counsel or referral to appropriate services for perpetrators and targets and for appropriate family members of said students. Bullying Investigations: Notice of Findings

Upon completion of the investigation, Principal/Supervisor/designee will: Send separate written notices of the Principal/Supervisors finding to the target and perpetrator May not divulge student record information pertaining to student who is not the child of the parent(s) being notified Must develop individualized plan by which to notify the parents of students bullied on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity Notify target of the services and interventions to be provided to restore a non-hostile environment for the victim Conduct parent conferences with parents of victim and parents of perpetrator if appropriate or requested Conduct follow up interview with victim to monitor effectiveness of interventions and retaliatory treatment of victim or witnesses. When should you report an instance of bullying and/or harassment to your Principal/Supervisor: A

When you receive a complaint or report of bullying or harassment B If you observe bullying or harassment C When you become aware of bullying or harassment D All of the above When should you report an instance of bullying and/or harassment to your Principal/Supervisor: A

When you receive a complaint or report of bullying or harassment B If you observe bullying or harassment C When you become aware of bullying or harassment D All of the above INCORRECT Please try again When should you report an instance of bullying and/or harassment to your Principal/Supervisor:

A When you receive a complaint or report of bullying or harassment B If you observe bullying or harassment C When you become aware of bullying or harassment D All of the above CORRECT

In Summary Valley Collaboratives Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan is a comprehensive approach to addressing bullying and cyberbullying, and each program in the Collaborative is committed to working with students, staff, families, law enforcement agencies, and the community to prevent issues of violence. Please reference page 32 of the Student and Family Handbook and Policy & Procedures Manual for a more detailed explanation of the process. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR ANTI-BULLYING MODULE!

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