Manville Bullying Intervention and Prevention Policy
Manville School’s Bullying/Cyber-bullying Intervention and Prevention Policy
The Manville expects that all members of the school community will treat each other in a civil manner and with respect for differences and diversity. We believe that a positive, safe, and civil school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve. Bullying disrupts a student’s ability to learn and compromises a school’s ability to educate it students in a safe environment. Therefore, Manville School prohibits any form of bullying, including cyber-bullying, and retaliation.
Manville School defines bullying as the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture directed at another student that interferes with a student’s sense of safety, dignity, comfort, or productivity in the school environment.
- Bullying involves a power imbalance in which the child doing the bullying has more power due to such factors as age, size, support of the peer group, or higher status.
- Bullying is carried out with intent to harm the targeted person in some way.
- Bullying can include physical aggression, verbal insults, spreading of malicious rumors or gossip, and threatening exclusion from the peer group.
- Bullying is usually a repeated activity in which a particular child is singled out more than once and often in a chronic manner.
Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic means such as cell phone, the Internet or a social networking site. It includes but is not limited to email, instant messages, text messages, and Internet postings. Cyber-bullying includes the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons.
Manville School will promptly investigate all reports and complaints of bullying, cyber bullying and/or retaliation, and take quick action to end inappropriate behavior and restore the target’s sense of safety in the school. Parents of both the student who is being bullied (the target), as well as, the student who is being accused of doing the bullying (the aggressor) will be notified of the investigation.
All staff receive annual training on the Manville School’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan which will include a common understanding of the definition of bullying, including cyber-bullying; an overview of the bullying prevention curricula which will be integrated at all grade levels throughout the school; staff responsibilities under the Plan; an overview of the steps that the Principal or designee will follow when a report of bullying or retaliation is made; and how parents/guardians will be included in the process to ensure their child’s emotional and physical safety in and out of school.
Our bullying prevention curriculum is evidence based and is part of a whole school initiative which includes strategies for the prevention of bullying as well as the development of requisite social skills. We utilize several developmentally and age appropriate programs, including, MARC Bullying and Cyber-bullying Prevention Curricula. These programs promote a whole school approach by addressing factors at the school, staff, family, child and peer group level.