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Bullying

Anti-Bullying Policy/Nondiscrimination Policy

The Los Gatos Union School District prohibits any discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student's actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Prohibited discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying includes physical, verbal, nonverbal, or written conduct based on one of the categories listed above that is so severe and pervasive that it affects a student's ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; has the effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student's academic performance; or otherwise adversely affects a student's educational opportunities.

 

What Bullying is…

What Bullying is Not…

Repeated aggressive behavior that might include the following:

Not liking someone

Intended to cause harm (physical or emotional)

Accidentally bumping into someone

An attempt by one or more individuals to gain power over another

A single act of telling a joke about someone

Physical: Hitting, kicking, pushing, destroying property

Expression of unpleasant thoughts or feelings regarding others

Verbal/Written: Threatening, name-calling, teasing, taunting

Arguments or disagreements

Social/Emotional: Terrorizing, spreading rumors, intimidating, humiliating, blackmailing, isolating

Being excluded from a game or group on the playground (unless being done regularly and with intention to hurt the feelings of another)

Cyber-bullying: Using technology to bully others verbally, emotionally and/or socially

Isolated acts of harassment, aggressive behavior, intimidation or meanness

 Filing a Report

Students, parents, and community members are encouraged to notify school staff, the assistant principal(s) or principal when they are being bullied or have witnessed another student being bullied or harassed.  Complaints may be filed with the site principal or supervisor.

The Uniform Complaint Procedures shall govern the process for investigating and resolving a complaint of bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment.  The Uniform Complaint Procedures Board Policy 1312.3 and Administration Regulations 1312.3 may be found on the LGUSD website, and at each school or department site. 

When the circumstances involve cyber-bullying, individuals with information about the activity are encouraged to save and print any electronic or digital messages that may constitute cyber-bullying.  This evidence will assist the administrator or supervisor in completing his/her investigation of the complaint.

 Confidentiality

Reasonable efforts will be made to keep a report of bullying or harassment and the result of the investigation confidential. The Board also prohibits any form of retaliation against any student who files a complaint or report regarding an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.