Harassment Intimidation or Bullying

By Washington state law and by Edmonds School District policy, acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying will not be tolerated in schools. Serious discipline action will be taken which may include suspension.

Harassment, intimidation or bullying is defined as an intentional written, verbal or physical act which:

1. Physically or emotionally harms a student or damages the student’s property; or

2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or

3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, verbal or physical actions.

School employees, students, parents, or volunteers who have witnessed, or have reliable information that a student has been subjected to such acts, are encouraged to report incidents to an appropriate school official.

The Edmonds School District and Oak Heights Elementary are committed to maintaining a positive and productive learning environment, which is free of discrimination of any sort. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination. It is not allowed under federal and state law, or under District and school policy. Serious discipline action will be taken which may include suspension.

Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual words or actions and put-downs that make fun of you for being a girl or boy. Some other examples of sexual harassment in school might include:

· Touching, pinching & grabbing body parts

· Sending sexual notes, pictures or voice messages

· Making suggestive or sexual gestures, looks, jokes

or verbal comments, noises or flipping skirts or shirts up

· Pulling your own clothes off

· Being cornered

· Writing sexual graffiti

· Spreading sexual rumors or making sexual propositions

· Pulling someone’s clothes off

· Being forced to kiss someone

· Attempted rape and rape (these are classified as crimes for which police will be notified).

Any student who believes she or he has been subjected to sexual harassment at school should immediately report this to any school or District employee with whom the student feels comfortable discussing the matter. Appropriate people could include the principal, teachers, school nurse, counselors, school psychologists and the District Affirmative Action Officer.

If a student does not want to speak to a school employee, but reports to his or her parents that he-she has been subjected to sexual harassment at school, the parents are urged to report this matter to the school. All reports will be promptly investigated. To the degree possible, complaints will be treated in a confidential manner.

Retaliation against anyone reporting complaints of sexual harassment or against anyone serving as a witness in an investigation of sexual harassment is strictly forbidden. False reporting of incidents of sexual harassment or bearing false witness in an investigation is also strictly forbidden. Such behaviors will be treated as disciplinary cases, and those who commit such acts will be punished according to the school discipline code.

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