District 301 is serious about addressing any form of bullying as described by the State of Illinois’ bully policy description. If you have any questions about bullying in our school system, please contact the building administrator at your child’s attendance center.

District 301 Elementary School Bullying Intervention Plan:

Legal Requirements

The General Assembly passed Public Act 95-0349, which deals with bullying prevention education.

This bill requires each school district to create, maintain and file a policy on bullying with the State Board of Education beginning 180 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. The bill was signed by the Governor on August 23, 2007. Each school district must communicate its policy on bullying to its students and their parent or guardian on an annual basis. The policy must be updated and then filed every two years with ISBE.

A school board is required to have a student discipline policy that includes provisions to address students who have demonstrated behaviors that put them at risk for aggressive behaviors, “including without limitations, bullying as defined in the policy”. The policy must include procedures for notifying parents or legal guardians and early intervention procedures based on available community based and district resources.

Bullying Defined

INTIMIDATION / HARASSMENT / TAUNTING / BULLYING / CYBER-BULLYING: repeated aggression in which a student or group of students physically or psychologically (mentally) harasses a victim.

a. The action could include but is not limited to hitting, pushing, kicking, tripping, destroying things, name-calling, ridiculing, verbal threats, gossip, rumors, isolating others, and making sexual comments or gestures.

b. This policy prohibits any person from harassing or intimidating a student based upon a student’s sex, color, race, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or other protected group status.

c. Inappropriate Written / Electronic Materials:

i. Accessing and / or distributing at school any written or electronic material, including material from the Internet that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities.

ii. Creating and/or distributing written or electronic material, including Internet material and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operation or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members

Unacceptable Behaviors

Listed above are examples of unacceptable behaviors, which may result in major disciplinary consequences. The prohibition of the offenses listed above pertains in school, on school property, on school buses, at any school-related activities, and to students traveling to and from school. Disciplinary actions can be taken on behaviors that take place off of school grounds when the behavior has an effect on the educational process. Please be advised that students who are guilty of chronic misbehavior may be subject to more severe disciplinary consequences than those guilty of an isolated, single event.

Bullying Prevention

Central Community School District #301 strives to prevent bullying before it can even take place. At the elementary level this is done through the Character Education program, the Health Curriculum, and ongoing administrative/teacher expectation discussion with all students.

Character Education

The Character Education Program focuses on the character traits of: Responsibility, Respect, Citizenship, Caring, Accepting, Honesty, Perseverance, and Fairness. Several of these traits link back to bullying and the appropriate way to treat other students at school. These traits are covered in all areas ongoing in the school and students are rewarded for showing these traits during the school day. The students are rewarded through awards which are given by the staff. Drawings are done throughout the school year to further reward positive behavior. The students are educated about bullying while the building promotes positive behaviors.

Health Curriculum

One of the major components to the Health Curriculum is decision making and bully prevention. The students openly discuss problems related to bullying in society and locally in the district. Students are given warning signs of bullying and coping skills on how to handle bullying. They go through bullying scenarios related to self and others. Information on resources available at each building is also given to the students. This information contains who handles bullying in the building and how it is managed. The students also discuss how to report bullying.

Administrative/Teacher Discussions

Setting expectations on day one is another very important tool against bullying. During the first day, administration/teachers clearly define bullying and the consequences. They explain the bully reporting system and how bullying incidents are handled.

Interventions for Bullying

Once a bullying incident is reported we target how the bullying is affecting the victim psychologically, physically, socially and academically. We will get the victim’s version of the incident and a list of possible witnesses. We will gather information on the type of bullying, (psychological or physical,) number of incidents, time of the incidents, and location of the incidents. Once we gather all of the needed information we will talk to the student who has been displaying the bullying actions. After all the information is collected we will make a determination on the severity of the bullying.

Bullying policy (PDF).

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