Plum Borough School District Policy 249 reads, “Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or series of acts directed at another students or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has an effect of doing any of the following:
1. Substantial interference with a student’s education.
2. Creation of a threatening environment.
3. Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.
Please refer to district policy 249 for a further definition of bullying.
What to Do When You See Bullying:
Though the aim is to rid our school of bullying altogether, at times, it occurs. Should a student witness bullying, he/she should immediately report it to a teacher, administrator or any adult in the building. The district employee will ensure that the matter is addressed and/or the high school principals are made aware of the situation.
Tips and Resources for Parents:
· “Bullying Info and Facts” – Includes defining characteristics, differences between bullying and harassment, information on bullying laws, and the short- and long-term effects bullying has on a child’s education, health, and safety.
· “Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children” – A complete resource for parents about what Cyberbullying is and how to speak to their children about it.
· “Help Your Child Recognize the Signs of Bullying” – A guide to engaging children in conversations about how to recognize bullying.
· “Warning Signs of Bullying” – Includes lists of traits exhibited by students who are the victims of bullying, but also students who may be the aggressors.
· “What If Your Child Is the Bully?” – A resource for parents to determine if their child is the bully and ways to discourage such behavior.
· “What Can Parents Do to Prevent and Address Cyber-bullying?”
· “Tips for Parents: What to Do If Your Child Witnesses Bullying”
Tips and Resources for Students:
· “Bullying Prevention Tips for Kids and Teens”
· “Drama: Is It Happening to You?” - Advice for teens who are experiencing bullying.
· “Heads Up: Stop, Think, Connect” – A resource for students about cyber-safety, cyber-responsibility, and cyber-bullying.
· Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying – A website made for teens by teens to help students find ways to address bullying, take action, be heard, and join an important social cause.