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Bullying Prevention and Intervention

OPENING SCHOOL YEAR BOARD POLICY DOCUMENTS:
Opening School Year AR 5131.2
Opening SchoolYear Board Policy 5131.2 Bullying.docx
2018-2019 Bullying-Administrative Responsibilities



When it comes to bullying and intimidation, we understand and share every family’s concern for the wellbeing of their children. In the San Bernardino City Unified School District, we firmly believe that prevention, intervention, and recovery are necessary steps to create a culture of mutual respect, promote student safety, and provide an environment that is conducive to learning for all students.

We’re committed to taking proactive and decisive steps to protect our students. In the coming weeks, we will share with you the many ways that we are implementing effective strategies through the comprehensive training of our teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff.

To report an incident of bullying or 'mistreatment of others', please fill out the Bully Behavior Report Ed Code 48900.

To report an incident of bullying anonymously with District Police, please fill out the Online Police Report. For information about the Online Police Report, please review the Guide to Online Reports.



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Anonymous Reporting Tipline:
1-855-86-BULLY
(1-855-86-28559)

 


 

U.S. Department of Education Definition of 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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

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.


Types of Bullying

Verbal Bullying: saying or writing mean things

  • Teasing
  • Name calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm
Social Bullying (Relational Bullying): involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public
Physical Bullying: involves hurting a person’s body or possessions

  • Hitting, kicking, or pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping or pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone’s things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures
Cyberbullying: involves the use of emails, social network sites, cell phones, webcams, text messages internet sites, etc.

  • Can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Can be posted anonymously
  • Can be distributed quickly to wide audience
  • Can be extremely difficult to delete
  • Send mean messages
  • Spread rumors
  • Post embarrassing pictures or videos
  • Fake websites or profiles

SIGNS THAT A CHILD IS BEING BULLIED

Look for changes in the child. Be aware, however, that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs or will ask for help. Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:
  • Unexplainable injuries.
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or other personal items.
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness.
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating, or may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares.
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school.
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations.
  • Feeling of helplessness or decreased self-esteem.
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

If you know someone is serious distress or danger, do not ignore the problem. Get help right away.

CHILDREN MAY BE BULLYING OTHERS IF THEY:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights.
  • Have friends who bully others.
  • Are increasingly aggressive.
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently.
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings.
  • Blame others for their problems.
  • Do not accept responsibility for their actions.
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity.

SBCUSD Anti-Bullying Policy

While we continue focusing on these systemic changes, we remain committed to protecting students who are harassed, intimidated, or bullied by taking immediate steps to intervene. We hope you will join us in our commitment to creating a learning community where all students are respected, welcomed, empowered and supported.

Please take a moment to read the SBCUSD Anti-Bullying Policy.

Also, download the poster in English and Spanish.

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