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Acts of Harassment

The SDOC school board prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying of a student by students, staff and third parties that interfere with or disrupt a student’s ability to learn and the school’s responsibility to educate its students in a safe and orderly environment whether in a classroom, on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, at an official school bus stop, at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises or at another program or function where the school is responsible for the student.

Harassment, intimidation or bullying is defined as a gesture, electronic communication, or a written, verbal, physical or sexual act reasonably perceived to have the effect of either of the following:
  • harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage
  • insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school
Any student who feels he/she has been subjected to harassment, intimidation or bullying is encouraged to file a complaint in accordance with procedures established by the superintendent. All complaints will be investigated promptly, thoroughly and confidentially. All school employees are required to report alleged violations to the principal or his/her designee. Reports by students or employees may be made anonymously.