Documentation form for parents and/or students to report complaints of discrimination, bullying, and/or harassment as regulated by Board Policy 104.
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What is Bullying?
The definition below is used for bullying prevention and intervention programming in schools. This definition guides efforts to educate all constituents with common language around bullying.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

*An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power--such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity--to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
*Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose..--2014 U.S. Dept. of Education office of Safe Schools.
Definition of Harassment and Bullying as defined by Iowa Law: Iowa Code, section 280.28:
"Harassment" and "bullying" shall be construed to mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

1) Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property
2) Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health.
3) Has a the effect of substantially interfering with a student's academic performance.
4) Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Bullying is NOT....
Conflict is NOT bullying. A conflict is a disagreement or antagonism between two or more people. All parties involved have some responsibility for the encounter. It is not bullying when two or more kids with NO perceived power imbalance; fight, have an argument or disagree. Conflict resolution strategies can be employed to find common ground when both parties have a vested interest in resolving the conflict.
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