Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying Policy

Bullying is one sided, unfair and unwanted behavior that keeps happening.  Bullying is not tolerated at Cedar Way.  Our school counselor and all our staff teach all students how to identify, address and report bullying behaviors. If bullying is reported, the Behavior Coordinator, School Counselor, and the Principal will meet with all the parties involved to address and correct the behavior. Most bullies have been victims themselves.  It is our belief that all students are all our responsibility, and while bullying is not tolerated, giving up on a child is not an option either. 

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BULLYING: By state law and district policy acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying will not be tolerated in schools. Harassment, intimidation or bullying is defined as an intentional written, verbal or physical act which:

  • Physically or emotionally harms a student; damages 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.

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 expected to report incidents to the school.

 

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The Edmond's School District is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment free of discrimination and harassment.

District educational programs, activities, curriculum and services are monitored to insure that 1) they guarantee the rights of all students to partake fully in the educational process, and 2) they do not reinforce stereotypes, or permit or encourage discriminatory behavior.

If any student, parent or community member experiences or witnesses discrimination or harassment, they are encouraged to report it immediately to any school administrator with whom they feel comfortable. Reports of such incidents may also be reported to the district Equity Officer, Debby Carter, 425 431-7012.

All such complaints will be promptly investigated and, where appropriate, immediate corrective action will be taken. To the highest degree possible, allowing for a fair investigation, all such complaints will be treated in a confidential manner.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The District prohibits retaliation against any employee, volunteer, parent, or student because he or she has made a report of alleged sexual harassment, or against any employee, volunteer, parent, or student, who has testified, assisted or participated in the investigation of a report. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or adverse pressure. Retaliation is itself a violation of law and will lead to disciplinary action against the offender.

Persons who knowingly report false allegations of sexual harassment or corroborate false allegations of sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate discipline or other sanctions.

Any District staff member (regardless of area of responsibility) who knows or has reason to believe that sexual harassment is or may be occurring must take immediate steps to see that the matter is addressed or reported. Such action must be taken whether or not the student(s), volunteer, or parent has reported the incident. Sexual harassment is legally defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in which:

  1. Submission to such conduct or communication is made either an explicit or implicit term or condition of success in school;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication is used as a basis for educational decisions affecting that person; or
  3. Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the individual's school performance, or of creating an intimidating hostile, or offensive educational environment.

 

NOTIFICATION OF THREATS OF VIOLENCE OR HARM:

By Washington state law and by Edmond's School District policy, the issuing of a threat against individuals or against district property will be taken seriously. Individual-directed threats of violence or harm are communications that create fear of physical harm to a specific individual or individuals, communicated directly or indirectly by any means. Building-directed threats of violence or harm are direct or indirect communications by any means of the intent to cause damage to a school building or school property or to harm students, employees, volunteers, patrons or visitors.

Staff, students, volunteers, and others involved in school activities have the responsibility to report any threats of violence or harm to designated school officials. Persons found to have made threats of violence or harm will be subject to relevant district discipline policies and may be referred to appropriate community agencies, including law enforcement and mental health services.

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