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Jeffco Policy:  Prevention of Bullying

District Policies for Jeffco, Students, Prevention of Bullying, JBC, Active, Adopted June 7 2001, Revised May 6 2013, Reviewed May 6 2013

Below is a translation of the Jeffco Schools Board Policy: Prevention of Bullying.  Jeffco high school students put the policy into words for students to better understand.  The original board policy follows the translated version.

Jeffco policy in youth’s words:  Prevention of Bullying

The School Board sees the negative effects that bullying has on students, in terms of health, wellbeing, personal safety, and in the classroom. Bullying is forbidden throughout district property and events, including transportation vehicles.

Bullying is any form of written or verbal action with the aim of persuasion, intimidation, or harm. This includes physical, electronic, gestures, etc. Bullying is prohibited against any student for any reason, such as academic performance or discrimination.

Examples of bullying acts include:

In addition, many Colorado laws forbid sexting in its more extreme forms. For example, someone that sends or receives sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 18 can be charged with child pornogrophy. Furthermore, it is illegal for any student to be in possession of or to share such explicit material with anyone else. Lastly, using cameras is strictly prohibited in locker rooms, bathrooms, or anywhere where using them violates another person’s privacy. These laws also apply to a student that possesses or distributes sexually explicit material of themselves, because they are possessing and sending their own child pornography. This is a felony.

Because of how serious sexting is as a legal issue, any student that receives messages with sexual content should immediately tell a trusted adult and not send it to anybody else. This is especially important because administrators may search a student’s cell phone if there is reasonable suspicion that the student may have participated in sexting.

Everyone has a responsibility to prevent bullying out of respect for each other and for themselves. In order to prevent bullying:

Principles, in order to prevent future bullying, should take action against student bullying, which can include detention, suspension, or expulsion. Other possible actions against bullying include:

 

Original, Online/Public Bully Prevention Policy

The Board of Education recognizes the negative impact that bullying has on student health, welfare, and safety and on the learning environment at school. Bullying is prohibited on all district property, at district or school-sanctioned activities or events, when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by the district or one of its schools, and off school property when such conduct has a nexus to school or any district curricular or non-curricular activity or event.

"Bullying" means any written or verbal expression, or physical or electronic act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate, or cause any physical, mental or emotional harm to any student.  Bullying is prohibited against any student for any reason, including but not limited to any such behavior that is directed toward a student on the basis of his or her academic performance; or against whom federal and state laws prohibit discrimination.

 

Examples of acts that may constitute bullying include:

Sexting:

Sexting is sending, sharing, viewing, or possessing pictures, text messages, emails or other material of a sexual nature in electronic or any other form on a computer, cellphone, or other electronic device.  Sexting is prohibited.  Parents and the police will be contacted.  Sexting may be reported as suspected child abuse / neglect or child pornography.

 

In Colorado, a person 11 or older who sends or receives sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 18, such as photographs or videos depicting actions, poses or nudity by cellphone or computer could face felony child pornography charges.  A person found guilty of this crime could also be labeled a sex offender and be required to register as a sex offender for life.

 

Even if a student is not the person who captures the photo or video, it is against the law to be in possession of or to share such items with other students.

 

If Students take a photo of themselves and send it to someone else via cellphone or post it on a website, they are in possession of their own child pornography, which is also a felony.  There are also risks that sexually explicit photos, meant to be shared with only one person, may be distributed to others and even posted on the Internet.

 

Students who come into possession of child pornography immediately should contact a trusted adult and notify police.

 

Students are hereby on notice that administrators may search cell phones if they have a reasonable suspicion that a student has been involved in sexting.

 

The consequences for sexting are the same as those for bullying.

 

Harassment and bullying related to sexting incidents are prohibited, and appropriate discipline will be imposed.

 

The operation of electronic communication devices with cameras is prohibited in locker rooms, bathrooms, or other locations where such operation may violate the privacy of another person.

 

All administrators, teachers, classified staff, and students share the responsibility to ensure that bullying does not occur at any district school, on any district property, at any district or school-sanctioned activities or events, when students are being transported in any vehicle dispatched by the district or one of its schools, or off school property when such conduct has a nexus to school or any district curricular or non-curricular activity or event. Toward that end:

In determining the appropriate action to be taken in response to incidents of student bullying, the building principal or principal's designee shall consider existing policies and regulations that address the type of conduct that may be involved in bullying. Such policies and regulations include, but are not limited to, JB, JBB, JBB-R, JI, JICC, JICC-R, JICI, JK, JK-R, JKD/JKE-1, JKD/JKE-R-1 & JKDA/JKEA.

Discipline for student bullying and for retaliation for reporting bullying may include suspension, expulsion, and/or classroom suspension. In addition, the building principal shall consider other actions which may be appropriate in response to student bullying and retaliation, including, but not limited to:

 

 

CROSS REFS:

JB, Equal Educational Opportunities

JBB, Harassment of Students

JI, Student Rights and Responsibilities

JICA, Student Dress Code

JICC (Also EEAEC), Student Conduct on School Buses

JII, Student Concerns, Complaintes, and Grievances

JK, Student Discipline

JKA, Corporal Punishment/Reasonable Restraint

JKDA/JKEA, Grounds for Suspension/Expulsion

JKD/JKEA, Student Suspension/Expulsion