Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying

The Granite Falls School District recognizes that bullying is a widespread and persistent problem that can happen anywhere despite education and prevention efforts. We ask you to partner with us to address this problem and to ensure that our schools are safe and positive places for growing and learning.

  • HIB Poster
  • Summary Information
  • Policy 5005: Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying
  • Form–Informal Interview Report
  • Form–Formal Report
  • What can you do (as parents)? – Stopbullying.gov
  • HIB Intervention Tip Sheet – OSPI Safety Center
  • HIB Comparison Chart Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying are closely related, they are not the same. This chart helps differentiate one from another.
  • Safety Tip Reporting Service:
          • Phone: 855.742.6957
          • Text: 855.742.6957, then follow instructions
          • Email: 1433@alert1.us
          • Web: http://1433.alert1.usThe Granite Falls School District Board of Directors, administrators, and staff are committed to creating a positive and safe learning environment for all students. To ensure such an environment, the School District requires and models mutual respect, proper behavior, openness, and fairness.

    It is the policy of the Granite Falls School District committed to maintaining a safe and civil educational environment for all students, staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors or board members free from harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Individuals will not be harassed because of their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics. This means any image or message (written, electronic or verbal) or physical act that is intended to harm or intimidate and has the effect to substantially interfere with a student’s education or create an intimidating or threatening educational environment, or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying in any form are unacceptable and are against District policy and state and federal law. Students who engage in such activity on school grounds or off campus, and disrupts school operations or the learning environment, shall be subject to school disciplinary action and possible criminal prosecution. Any student who believes he or she has been the target of harassment, intimidation, or bullying is strongly encouraged to report incidents verbally or in writing to a parent, guardian, staff member or trusted adult. The student, parent, or other adult, should notify school officials as soon as possible and complete an incident report form. The District’s Compliance Officer, Carol Panagos or designee, can be reached at 360.691.7717.

    Definitions

    Washington State defines Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying as any intentionally written message or image—including those that are electronically transmitted (see “cyberbullying” information on this page)—verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

                      • Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property or
                      • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education or
                      • Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment or
                      • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

    The Center for Disease Control defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm. A young person can be a perpetrator, a victim, or both (also known as “bully/victim”). Bullying can occur in-person and through technology. Electronic aggression or cyber-bullying is bullying that happens through email, chat rooms, instant message, a website, text message, or social media.

    Stopbullying.gov: 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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

    Cyberbullying – bullying using electronic devices to initiate repeated negative behavior toward a less-powerful person. Electronic name-calling, shunning and shaming are all forms of cyberbullying. So are spreading rumors, gossiping and making threats online. Schools are permitted to discipline students who engage in cyberbullying if it disrupts the orderly operation of school. Washington’s anti-bullying law includes the prohibition of cyberbullying.

    < Visit the Digital/Internet Safety webpage for excellent resources and tips for parents >

     

    Intimidation – implied or overt threats of physical violence – WAC 495A-121-011

    Harassment – any malicious act, which causes harm to any person’s physical or mental well-being – WAC 495A121-011

    – Discriminatory harassment does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents. Equity Book: p.32
    Malicious harassment – threat to harm (often based on protected category)
    – Sexual harassment – unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct directed at person because of his/her sex where:
    (a) Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s academic standing or employment; or
    (b) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions or employment affecting such individual; or
    (c) Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. WAC 495A-121-011

    Hazing – any method of initiation into a student organization or living group… that causes, or is likely to cause bodily danger or physical harm, or serious mental or emotional harm, to any student or other person. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions RCW 28B.10.900

    Q & A:

    What does the District do to address bullying?

                      • Safe Schools Alert: a tip reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration in four different ways: phone, text message, email or website. Visit the webpage here>
                      • Teach/inform students: Students are given age-appropriate information about bullying, prevention strategies, and ways to identify and report bullying. Each school displays information about how to report bullying.
                      • Staff training: Staff receives annual training on the school district’s policy and procedures, including staff roles and responsibilities, how to monitor common areas, and the use of the District’s incident reporting forms.
                      • School Compliance Officer: Each school has a designated compliance officer to oversee the implementation of anti-harassment policies and procedures. Contact your school office for more information.
                      • District Compliance Officer: Carol Panagos, 360.283.4312 or cpanagos@gfalls.wednet.edu. The District Compliance Officer oversees implementation across the district and serves as a resource.

    What happens after bullying is reported?

    Each situation is different. Sometimes a report can be followed by quick intervention and resolution. These situations typically do not meet the definition of bullying.

    When an incident or series of incidents meets the definition of bullying described above, a designated staff member conducts an investigation and follows a specific timeline described in the procedures. The investigation includes interviews and notification of parents of both the alleged aggressor and the targeted student. If the outcome of the investigation indicates that bullying has occurred, consequences may be assigned and a plan is developed which includes a plan for follow-up. On completion of the investigation and the plan, a report form is forwarded to the District Compliance Officer. The complete policy and procedure including report forms can be viewed on the District website under the 5000 series Board policies or under the quick link from the homepage, “Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying.” Hard copies can be obtained from the District Office by calling, 360.691.7717.

    What can parents do to help us fight bullying?

    Below are some suggestions to become more actively involved in prevention efforts:

                      1. We strongly encourage parents (and students) to report any concerns or information to local police.  Call 911.
                      2. Ask schools about trainings/participation opportunities.
                      3. Assist with school safety – become a volunteer!

    More information can be retrieved from the OSPI wesbite at: http://www.k12.wa.us/Safetycenter/BullyingHarassment/default.aspx

    Visit the Digital/Internet Safety webpage on our website for more information