Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan


The Medway Public School District is committed to providing our students a safe learning environment that is free from bullying. This will be possible when all members of the Medway school community treat each other with respect. This plan is an integral part of the Medway Public Schools’ comprehensive effort to promote learning and eliminate all forms of violent, harmful and disruptive behavior.  All students require this level of security to achieve their personal and academic potential.

The Medway Public Schools will not tolerate any unlawful or disruptive behavior, including bullying, in our schools or during school-related activities.  All reports of bullying will be promptly investigated by the Medway Public Schools.  The Medway Public Schools’ response to bullying actions will include, when appropriate, referral to a law enforcement agency. The Medway Public Schools will support this plan in all aspects of its activities, including its curricula, instructional programs, staff development, extracurricular activities and parental involvement.

Bullying is the repeated use by one or more students or a member of school staff of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a target that has the effect of:

Cyberbullying is the repeated use by one or more students or a member of school staff of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a:

Cyberbullying shall also include the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or knowingly impersonates another person as author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in the definition of bullying.

Cyberbullying shall also include 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.

Bullying and cyberbullying may occur in and out of school, during and after school hours, at home and in locations outside of the home.  When bullying and cyberbullying are alleged, the full cooperation and assistance of parents and families are expected.

For the purpose of this plan, whenever the term bullying is used, it is to denote either bullying, or cyberbullying.

Bullying Prohibited

Bullying is prohibited on school grounds, property immediately adjacent to school grounds, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, functions or programs whether on or off school grounds, at school bus stops, on school buses or other vehicles owned, leased or used by the district, or through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by the school district.

Bullying and cyberbullying are also prohibited 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 the district, if the act or acts in question create a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringe on the rights of the victim at school, and/or materially and substantially disrupt the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

The Medway School Committee expects administrators to make clear to students and staff members that bullying will not be tolerated and will be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion for students, and termination for employees. All staff members are required to report any bullying they see or learn about.  The district will promptly and reasonably investigate all allegations of bullying. Retaliation against a person who reports bullying, who provides information during an investigation of bullying, or who is a witness to or has reliable information about bullying, is prohibited.

Schools and districts should make clear that the plan applies to students and members of a school staff, including, but not limited to educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to an extracurricular activity and paraprofessionals.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I.     Leadership

II.   Training and Professional Development

III.  Access to Resources and Services

IV.  Academic and Non-Academic Activities

V.   Policies and Procedures for Reporting and Responding to Bullying and Retaliation

VI. Collaboration with Families

VII  Prohibition Against Bullying and Retaliation

VIII. Definitions

IX . Relationship to Other Laws

Appendix A:  Bullying Reporting Form

1This Model Plan is updated to reflect M.G.L. c. 71, 37O as amended by Sections 72 –

74 of Chapter 38 of the Acts of 2013, which changed the definition of “perpetrator” to include “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.” The amendment also made the plan applicable to school staff, including but not limited to, the individuals listed in the amended perpetrator definition.


I.  LEADERSHIP

Public Involvement

In developing the Medway Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, Medway Public Schools understands the importance of community and public involvement.  Prior to the development and creation of the Medway Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, the Medway Public Schools Anti-Bullying Policy was constructed.  This policy was presented to and accepted by the school committee in the summer of 2010 and was reviewed and revised in September 2013.  In addition, Medway Public Schools will hold regular parent and community discussion forums to discuss bullying curricula being used and online safety, as well as any other relevant information that may be deemed appropriate.

Needs and Resources

The following resources are available in the district:

Needs are assessed through the following methods:

C.  Planning and Oversight

The following identifies the school and district leaders responsible for the planning and oversight of the Medway Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan:

Receiving Reports on Bullying

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal, Deans, School Resource Officer, Guidance Counselors, School Psychologist, Adjustment Counselor

Principal, Assistant Principal, School Resource Officer, Guidance Counselors, Adjustment Counselor, School Psychologist

Principal, Counselors, School Psychologist, School Resource Officer

Collecting and analyzing building and/or school wide data on bullying to assess the present problem and to measure improved outcomes.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal

Principal

Principal

Creating a process for recording and tracking incident reports and for accessing information related to targets and aggressors.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal, Deans, Instructional Support Team

Principal, Assistant Principal, Instructional Support Team

Principal, Instructional Support Team

Planning for the ongoing professional development that is required by the law.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal

Principal

Principal

Planning supports that respond to the needs to targets and aggressors.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal, Deans, Guidance Counselors, Adjustment Counselor, School Psychologist

Principal, Guidance Counselors, Adjustment Counselor, School Psychologist

Principal, Counselors, School Psychologist

Choosing and implementing the curricula that the school will use.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal

Principal

Principal

Developing new or revising current policies and protocols under the Plan, including an Internet safety policy, and designating key staff to be in charge of implementation of them.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal, Deans

Principal, Assistant Principal

Principal

Amending student and staff handbooks and codes of conduct, to, among other things, make clear that bullying of students by school staff or other students will not be tolerated.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal, School Council

Principal, School Council

Principal, School Council

Leading the parent and family engagement efforts and drafting parent information materials.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal

Principal

Principal

Reviewing and updating the Plan each year, or more frequently.

Medway High School

Medway Middle School

Medway Elementary Schools

Principal

Principal

Principal

D. Priority Statement

The Medway Public School District will not tolerate any unlawful or disruptive behavior, including any form of bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation, in our school buildings, on school grounds, or in school-related activities.  We will promptly investigate all reports and complaints of bullying, cyberbullying, and retaliation, and take prompt action to end that behavior and restore the target’s sense of safety.  We will support this commitment in all aspects of our school community, including curricula, instructional programs, staff development, extracurricular activities, and parent or guardian involvement.  Nothing in this section shall alter the obligations of the school district to remediate any discrimination or harassment based on a person’s membership in a legally protected category under local, state or federal law except, when a reported bullying incident involves the principal or the assistant principal as the alleged aggressor.  In such cases, the superintendent or designee shall be responsible for investigating the report, and other steps necessary to implement the Plan, including addressing the safety of the alleged victim.  If the superintendent is the alleged aggressor, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for investigating the report, and other steps necessary to implement the Plan, including addressing the safety of the alleged victim.

II.  TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Annual Staff Training

The bullying prevention and intervention plan shall include annual professional development of all members of the school staff to 1.) build the skills to prevent, identify and respond to bullying and to implement the bullying prevention and intervention plan; and 2.) provide an overview of the bullying prevention curricula. Staff members hired after the start of the school year are required to participate in school-based training during the year in which they are hired.  Staff members include, but are not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, and paraprofessionals.

Ongoing Professional Development

The goal of professional development is to establish a common understanding of tools necessary for staff to create a school climate that promotes safety, civil communication, and respect for differences.  Professional development will build the skills of staff members to prevent, identify, and respond to bullying.  As required by M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, the content of schoolwide and districtwide professional development will be informed by research and will include information on:

Professional development will also address ways to prevent and respond to bullying or retaliation for students with disabilities that must be considered when developing students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  This will include a particular focus on the needs of students with autism or students whose disability affects social skills development.

C.  Written Notice to Staff

The Medway Public School District will provide all staff members with an annual updated notice of the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan including sections related to staff duties and bullying of students by school staff, in the school or district employee handbook and code of conduct at the beginning of each school year.

III. ACCESS TO RESOURCES AND SERVICES

A.  Resources, Counseling and Other Services

Medway High School (Grades 9 – 12)

1. Guidance Counselors: There are three full-time guidance counselors, responsible for academic and social/emotional support.

2. Adjustment Counselor: There is one full time adjustment counselors for social/emotional well being for all students.

3. School Psychologist: There is one school psychologist at the high school, responsible for social/emotional well-being of students, as well as psychological testing.

4. School Resource Officer (SRO: The SRO is a Medway police officer shared by all the schools in the district.

5. Instructional Support Team:  The team may include the deans, guidance counselors, school psychologist, adjustment counselor, SRO, teachers and the school nurse. The Instructional Support Team meets weekly to discuss all high-risk students, as well as reviewing student achievement and attendance.

6. LINKS:  This therapeutic program provides short to long-term support for students who have been identified as needing specialized instruction related to social/emotional/behavioral issues.

Medway Middle School (Grades 5 – 8)

1. Guidance Counselors:  There are three full-time guidance counselors, responsible for academic and social/emotional support.

2.  There is one full-time social worker, responsible for academic and social/emotional support.

3. School Psychologist:  There is one full-time School Psychologist at the middle school, responsible for social/emotional well being of students, as well as psychological testing.

4. School Resources Officer: The SRO is a Medway Police Officer shared by all the schools in the district.

5. Instructional Support Team: The team may include the principal and assistant principal, guidance counselors, school psychologist, teachers, SRO and the school nurse.

6. LINKS:  This therapeutic program provides short to long-term support for students who have been identified as needing specialized instruction related to social/emotional/behavioral issues.

Memorial Elementary School (Grades 2, 3, and 4)

1. Adjustment Counselor: There is one full-time adjustment counselor responsible for all needed counseling services.

2. School Psychologist: There is one School Psychologist who is responsible for individual and group counseling and psychological testing.

3. Instructional Support Team: The team may include the principal, adjustment counselor, school psychologist, teachers, SRO and the school nurse.

4. LINKS:  This therapeutic program provides short to long-term support for students who have been identified as needing specialized instruction related to social/emotional/behavioral issues.

5. School Resources Officer: The SRO is a Medway Police Officer shared by all the schools in the district.

McGovern Elementary School (Grades PreK, K and 1)

1. School Psychologist: There is one full-time school psychologist who is responsible for counseling and psychological testing.

2. Instructional Support Team: The team may include the principal, school psychologist, teachers, SRO and the school nurse.

3. School Resource Officer: The SRO is a Medway Police Officer shared by all the schools in the district.

B.  Students with Disabilities

As required by M.G.L. c. 71B, § 3, as amended by Chapter 92 of the Acts of 2010, when the IEP Team determines the student has a disability that affects social skills development or is vulnerable to bullying or teasing because of his/her disability, the Team will consider what should be included in the IEP to develop the student's skills and proficiencies to avoid and respond to bullying or teasing.

C.  Vulnerable Students

        The District recognizes that 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, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, pregnant or parenting status, sexual orientation, mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have 1 or more of these characteristics.  The District will provide support to vulnerable students and to provide all students with the skills, knowledge and strategies needed to prevent or respond to bullying or harassment.

D.  Referral to Outside Services

When a referral to an outside agency is appropriate, or when it is determined that outpatient counseling would benefit the target, aggressor or bystander, information regarding access to outside counselors can be obtained from adjustment counselors, guidance counselors, school psychologists and the school nurse.

IV. ACADEMIC AND NON-ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

A.  Specific bullying prevention approaches.  Bullying prevention curricula will be informed by current research which, among other things, emphasizes the following approaches:

Initiatives will also teach students about the student-related sections of the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan.  The Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan should include specific information about how and when the Medway Public School District will review the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan with students.

B.  General teaching approaches that support bullying prevention efforts.  The following approaches are integral to establishing a safe and supportive school environment.  These underscore the importance of our bullying intervention and prevention initiatives:

C.  Positive relationships between students and adults. Supportive connections between adults and students can serve as a foundation for the development and promotion of behavioral health. Supports to encourage positive relationships between students and adults can include:

D.  Safe learning environments. School environments should be physically, socially, and psychologically safe for all students. Safe classrooms have clearly established behavioral expectations and crisis or safety plans in place to deal with difficult and unsafe situations. Safe classrooms also have clear distinctions between office-referral and classroom-managed behavioral difficulties to prevent unnecessary or excessive disciplinary referrals. In situations where problem behaviors occur, options exist to allow for classroom instruction to resolve the situation. In cases of emergency in the classroom, all students should be familiar with the school’s emergency plans.

    V.   POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING AND RESPONDING TO BULLYING AND RETALIATION

Reporting bullying or retaliation.  Reports of bullying or retaliation may be made by staff, students, parents or guardians, or others, and may be oral or written.  Oral reports made by or to a staff member shall be recorded in writing.  A school or district staff member is required to report immediately to the principal or designee, or to the superintendent or designee when  the principal or assistant principal is the alleged aggressor or to the school committee or designee when the superintendent is the alleged aggressor, any instance of bullying or retaliation the staff member becomes aware of or witnesses.  Reports made by students, parents or guardians, or other individuals who are not school or district staff members, may be made anonymously.  Reports of bullying or retaliation may be made anonymously, though no disciplinary action shall be taken against a student solely on that basis of an anonymous report.  The Medway Public School District will make a variety of reporting resources available to the school community including, but not limited to, the Bullying Reporting Form2, a voicemail box, a dedicated mailing address, and an email address.

Use of the Bullying Reporting Form is not required as a condition of making a report.  The Medway Public School District will: 1) include a copy of the Bullying Reporting Form in the handbook for students and parents or guardians; 2) make it available in the school’s main office, the counseling office, the school nurse's office, and other locations determined by the principal or designee; and 3) post it on the school’s website.  The Bullying Reporting Form will be made available in the most prevalent language(s) of origin of students and parents or guardians.

At the beginning of each school year, the Medway Public School District will provide the school community, including administrators, but not limited to, educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, paraprofessionals, students, and parents or guardians, with written notice of its policies for reporting acts of bullying and retaliation.  A description of the  reporting procedures and resources, including the name and contact information of the principal or designee, and the superintendent or designee when the principal or the assistant principal is the alleged aggressor, will be incorporated in student and staff handbooks, on the school or district website, and in information about the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan that is made available to parents or guardians.

1.  Reporting by Staff

A staff member will report immediately to the principal or designee, or to the superintendent or designee when the principal or the assistant principal is the alleged aggressor, or to the school committee or designee when the superintendent is the alleged aggressor when he/she witnesses or becomes aware of conduct that may be bullying or retaliation.  The requirement to report to the principal or designee as provided does not limit the authority of the staff member to respond to behavioral or disciplinary incidents consistent with school or district policies and procedures for behavior management and discipline.

2.  Reporting by Students, Parents or Guardians, and Others

The school or district expects students, parents or guardians, and others who witness or become aware of an instance of bullying or retaliation involving a student to report it to the principal or designee, or superintendent or designee when the principal or assistant principal is the alleged aggressor.  Reports may be made anonymously, but no disciplinary action will be taken against an alleged aggressor solely on the basis of an anonymous report.  Students, parents or guardians, and others may request assistance from a staff member to complete a written report.  Students will be provided practical, safe, private and age-appropriate ways to report and discuss an incident of bullying with a staff member, or with the principal or designee, or superintendent or designee when the principal or assistant principal is the alleged aggressor.

B.  Responding to a report of bullying or retaliation.

1.  Safety

Before fully investigating the allegations of bullying or retaliation, the principal or designee will take steps to assess the need to restore a sense of safety to the alleged target and/or to protect the alleged target from possible further incidents.  Responses to promote safety may include, but not be limited to, creating a personal safety plan; pre-determining seating arrangements for the target and/or the aggressor in the classroom, at lunch, or on the bus; identifying a staff member who will act as a “safe person” for the target; and altering the aggressor’s schedule and access to the target.  The principal or designee will take additional steps to promote safety during the course of and after the investigation, as necessary.

The principal or designee will implement appropriate strategies for protecting from bullying or retaliation a student who has reported bullying or retaliation, a student who has witnessed bullying or retaliation, a student who provides information during an investigation, or a student who has reliable information about a reported act of bullying or retaliation.

2. Obligations to Notify Others

a. Notice to parents or guardians.  Upon determining that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the principal or designee will promptly notify the parents or guardians of the target and the student aggressor of this, and of the procedures for responding to it.  There may be circumstances in which the principal or designee contacts parents or guardians prior to any investigation.  Notice will be consistent with state regulations at 603 CMR 49.00.

b. Notice to Another School or District.  If the reported incident involves students from more than one school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private special education day or residential school, or collaborative school, the principal or designee first informed of the incident will promptly notify by telephone the principal or designee of the other school(s) of the incident so that each school may take appropriate action.  All communications will be in accordance with state and federal privacy laws and regulations, and 603 CMR 49.00.

c. Notice to Law Enforcement.  At any point after receiving a report of bullying or retaliation, including after an investigation, if the principal or designee has a reasonable basis to believe that criminal charges may be pursued against the aggressor, the principal will notify the local law enforcement agency.  Notice will be consistent with the requirements of 603 CMR 49.00 and locally established agreements with the local law enforcement agency.  Also, if an incident occurs on school grounds and involves a former student under the age of 21 who is no longer enrolled in school, the principal or designee shall contact the local law enforcement agency if he or she has a reasonable basis to believe that criminal charges may be pursued against the student aggressor.

In making this determination, the principal will, consistent with the Plan and with applicable school or district policies and procedures, consult with the school resource officer, if any, and other individuals the principal or designee deems appropriate.

C.  Investigation

The principal or designee will investigate promptly all reports of bullying or retaliation and, in doing so, will consider all available information known, including the nature of the allegation(s) and the ages of the students involved.

During the investigation the principal or designee will, among other things, interview students, staff, witnesses, parents or guardians, and others as necessary. The principal or designee (or whoever is conducting the investigation) will remind the alleged student aggressor, target, and witnesses of the importance of the investigation, their obligation to be truthful and that retaliation against someone who reports bullying or provides information during a bullying investigation is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.

Interviews may be conducted by the principal or designee, other staff members as determined by the principal or designee, and in consultation with the school counselor, as appropriate.  To the extent practicable, and given his/her obligation to investigate and address the matter, the principal or designee will maintain confidentiality during the investigative process. The principal or designee will maintain a written record of the investigation.

Procedures for investigating reports of bullying and retaliation will be consistent with the Medway Public School District policies and procedures for investigations.  If necessary, the principal or designee will consult with legal counsel about the investigation.

D.  Determinations

The principal or designee will make a determination based upon all of the facts and circumstances.  If, after investigation, bullying or retaliation is substantiated, the principal or designee will take steps reasonably calculated to prevent recurrence and to ensure that the target is not restricted in participating in school or in benefiting from school activities.  The principal or designee will: 1) determine what remedial action is required, if any, and 2) determine what responsive actions and/or disciplinary action is necessary.

Depending upon the circumstances, the principal or designee may choose to consult with the students’ teacher(s) and/or school counselor, and the target’s or student aggressor’s parents or guardians, to identify any underlying social or emotional issue(s) that may have contributed to the bullying behavior and to assess the level of need for additional social skills development.

The principal or designee will promptly notify the parents or guardians of the target and the aggressor about the results of the investigation and, if bullying or retaliation is found, what action is being taken to prevent further acts of bullying or retaliation.  All notice to parents must comply with applicable state and federal privacy laws and regulations.  Because of the legal requirements regarding the confidentiality of student records, the principal or designee cannot report specific information to the target’s parent or guardian about the disciplinary action taken unless it involves a “stay away” order or other directive that the target must be aware of in order to report violations.

E.  Responses to Bullying

1.  Teaching Appropriate Behavior Through Skills-building

Upon the principal or designee determining that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the law requires that the Medway Public School District use a range of responses that balance the need for accountability with the need to teach appropriate behavior.  M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O(d)(v).  Skill-building approaches that the principal or designee may consider include:

 2.  Taking Disciplinary Action

If the principal or designee decides that disciplinary action is appropriate, the disciplinary action will be determined on the basis of facts found by the principal or designee, including the nature of the conduct, the age of the student(s) involved, and the need to balance accountability with the teaching of appropriate behavior.  Discipline will be consistent with the Plan and with the school’s or district’s code of conduct.

Discipline procedures for students with disabilities are governed by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), which should be read in cooperation with state laws regarding student discipline. If the principal or designee determines that a student knowingly made a false allegation of bullying or retaliation, that student may be subject to disciplinary action.

3.  Promoting Safety for the Target and Others

The principal or designee will consider what adjustments, if any, are needed in the school environment to enhance the target's sense of safety and that of others as well.  One strategy that the principal or designee may use is to increase adult supervision at transition times and in locations where bullying is known to have occurred or is likely to occur.

Within a reasonable period of time following the determination and the ordering of remedial and/or disciplinary action, the principal or designee will contact the target to determine whether there has been a recurrence of the prohibited conduct and whether additional supportive measures are needed.  If so, the principal or designee will work with appropriate school staff to implement them immediately.

F.  Responding to a Report of Bullying by School Staff

Schools and districts need to develop policies and procedures that address how school or

district administration will respond to and resolve a report of bullying of a student by school staff. The policies and procedures must address safety planning, notification to parent or guardians and others, investigation, and response–areas that are addressed when a student is alleged to have bullied another student (see Section V. B–E above). Policies and procedures currently in place that address unacceptable conduct by school staff may be a useful starting place.  Schools and districts should consider consulting with local counsel.  The policy should emphasize the importance of the investigation, the need for the aggressor, target, and witnesses to be truthful, and that retaliation against someone who reports bullying or provides information during a bullying investigation is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action

VI.  COLLABORATION WITH FAMILIES

A. Parent Education and Resources

The Medway Public Schools will offer regular parent and community forums that are focused on the parental components of the anti-bullying curricula and any social competency curricula used by the Medway Public Schools

     B. Notification Requirements

Each year, the Medway Public School District will inform parents or guardians of enrolled students about the anti-bullying curricula being used. This notice will include information about the dynamics of bullying, including cyberbullying and online safety. All notices and information made available to parents and guardians will be in hard copy and electronic formats. Medway Public Schools will post the plan and related information on its website.

VII.  PROHIBITION AGAINST BULLYING AND RETALIATION

Acts of bullying, which include cyberbullying, are prohibited:

(i)  on school grounds and property immediately adjacent to school grounds, at a 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

(ii) at a location, activity, function, or program that is not school-related through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by a school district or school, if the acts create a hostile environment at school for the target or witnesses, infringe on their rights at school, or materially and substantially disrupt the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

Retaliation against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying is also prohibited.

As stated in M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, nothing in this Plan requires the district or school to staff any non-school related activities, functions, or programs.

VIII.  DEFINITIONS

Aggressor is a student or staff member who engages in bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation towards a student.

Bullying, as defined in M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, is the repeated use by one or more students or 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 target that:

Cyberbullying, is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers, and the Internet.  It includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages, text messages, and Internet postings.  See M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O for the legal definition of cyberbullying.

Hostile environment, as defined in M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of a student’s education.

Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.

Staff includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, or paraprofessionals.

Target is a student against whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated.

IX.  RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAWS

Consistent with state and federal laws, and the policies of the Medway Public School District, no person shall be discriminated against in admission to the Medway Public School District or in obtaining the advantages, privilege and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.  Nothing in the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan prevents the school or district from taking action to remediate discrimination or harassment based on a person’s membership in a legally protected category under local, state, or federal law, or school or district policies.  

In addition, nothing in the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan is designed or intended to limit the authority of the Medway Public School District to take disciplinary action or other action under M.G.L. c. 71, §§ 37H, 37H½, or 37H¾ or  other applicable laws, or local school or district policies in response to violent, harmful, or disruptive behavior, regardless of whether the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan covers the behavior.


MEDWAY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BULLYING REPORTING FORM

Directions:  Bullying is serious and will not be tolerated.  If you are a student, the parent/guardian of a student, a volunteer or visitor, and wish to report an incident of alleged bullying, complete this form and return it to the Principal’s office at the student’s school.  All school employees are required to report alleged violations.  Contact the school for additional information or assistance at any time.  This form can be completed anonymously by omitting signature and name.  Every reported act of bullying will be investigated, and parents will be contacted.

Name of student victim: ______________________________________  Grade:  ____  Age:  ____

School:  __________________________________

Name(s) of alleged offender(s) (If known):

______________________________________  Grade:  ____  Age:  ____  Student:  Yes:  ____  No:  ____

______________________________________  Grade:  ____  Age:  ____  Student:  Yes:  ____  No:  ____

______________________________________  Grade:  ____  Age:  ____  Student:  Yes:  ____  No:  ____

______________________________________  Grade:  ____  Age:  ____  Student:  Yes:  ____  No:  ____

______________________________________  Grade:  ____  Age:  ____  Student:  Yes:  ____  No:  ____

On what date(s) did the incident happen ?

______   /  ______   /  ______        ______  /   ______  /   _____        _____  /     _____  /    _____

Month       Day            Year        Month            Day               Year         Month            Day          Year

Where did the incident happen (choose all that apply)?

_____  On school property             _____  At a school-sponsored activity or event off school property

_____   At bus stop    _____  On a school bus   ______  On the way to/from school   _____  On computer

Check next to the statement(s) that best describes what happened (choose all that apply):

_____  Teasing     _____  Threat     _____  Stalking     _____  Theft     ______  Cyber Bullying

_____  Intimidation     _____  Physical violence     _____  Public Humiliation

What did the alleged offender(s) say or do?

(Attach a separate sheet)

Did a physical injury result from this incident?

_____  No   _____  Yes, but did not require medical attention   _____ Yes, and it required medical attention

NAME OF PERSON REPORTING INCIDENT:  ________________________________________

Telephone:  (_____)  _____ - _____     E-Mail:  __________________________________________

_____  Student             _____  Parent/guardian                     _____  Faculty/Staff

Signature:  ______________________________                Date:  __________________


MEDWAY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BULLYING REPORTING FORM

Follow Up Form

To be completed by Principal/Dean of Student Services/ Dean of Academics and Activities

Interviewed target of aggression

Date:        ______________________

Name:        _______________________________________________________

_____        supported him/her, i.e. affirmed his/her feelings

_____        brainstormed on solutions for avoiding aggression

_____        reminded him/her to report aggression

______        recruited peers to befriend him/her

______        notified parent of target

______        notified teacher of target

______        notified other staff, including:  __________________________________

______        referred for counseling

Interviewed child(ren) accused of aggression

Date:        _______________________

Name:        _______________________________________________________

Confirmation of incident:          _____  Yes     _____  No

Discussed importance of reporting incidents of aggression:        _____  Yes     _____  No

Aggression confirmed, is this:

_____  1st offense

_____  2nd offense

_____  3

Medway Public School District                

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

June 2013                

rd offense

_____  other

Consequence assigned:        ________________________________________________________

                        ________________________________________________________

                        ________________________________________________________

_____  reviewed what would happen if behavior continues

_____  notified parent/guardian

_____  notified teacher of accused

_____  notified other staff:  ________________________________

_____  referred for counseling

 

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

              Reviewed and Revised July 6, 2016