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Jackson Middle School Bullying Prevention Plan

Jackson Middle School Vision Statement:

                                                          Jackson Middle is……

·        A community of learners where students, staff, and community will work together to promote  the highest level of personal achievement

·        A place where all are given the opportunity to share and learn from each other

·        An environment that is safe and nurturing through the practice of integrity and honesty

·        A community that respects the uniqueness of its members and intervenes where needed

     In addition, we will do everything possible, both as individuals and as a campus, to create and preserve this environment through proactive bullying prevention education, and well defined and effective consequences for violations. Bullying, as defined in the student/parent handbook, is: verbal, written, or physical behaviors, such as but not limited to, intimidating and or threatening, (i.e. Having the effect of physically or psychologically harassing a student or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or property), that are initiated by one or more students against a victim.

The following actions may be categorized as bullying by an administrator or counselor especially if they are severe or persistent.

  •   Any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like hitting, kicking, punching, etc. Taking something that belongs to someone else and destroying it would also be considered a type of physical bullying.
  • Name-calling, teasing, making offensive remarks, or joking about a person's religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or the way they look. .
  •  Spreading rumors or stories about someone, telling others about something that was told to you in private, and excluding others from groups.
  • Threatening someone else and frightening that person enough to make him or her do what the bully wants.
  • Sending messages, pictures or information using electronic media, computers(email&instant messages, Facebook, etc.) or cell phones(text messaging & voicemail).

Any student, who believes they have been bullied, or who has seen another student being bullied, should report the problem immediately to a teacher or other adult on campus. Furthermore, any Jackson Middle School employee or parent who witnesses a bullying incident should report it to a campus administrator or counselor.
 

For any violation of the Bullying Prevention Plan, the following steps will be taken by the staff at Jackson in sequential order for each violation that occurs. *Note: It is possible to have more than one step for a student depending on the nature and severity of the behavior.

                                                                                                          

 Step 1: Reporting The staff member who receives the report will report that to the administration.  In most cases, the student will be directed during school time to come and speak to administration.  Administration will follow the Four A process for investigating reports.   

  1. Affirm the student’s feelings 

·         “You were right to report/get help from an adult.”

·         “I’m glad you asked for help with this.”

  2. Ask Questions

·         “Tell me more about what happened.”

·         “Was anyone else aware of what was happening?”

·         “Has this happened before?”

  3. Assess the student’s safety.  Determine what the student needs in order to be safe now.

  4. Act- refer by official referral form to counselor and official reporting.

Meeting with Counselor (separate students) Both the student that reported bullying and the student that was reported as bullying will meet with their counselor separately to discuss the problem, solutions to the problem, and to reinforce that bullying will not be tolerated.  Both students’ parents are contacted by phone. Document on Bullying Documentation Form. (Step 1)

Step 2: Formal meeting with parents and Counselor and/or Team School staff will notify the parents of the involved students. The parents of the student who is bullying will be asked to meet with the school counselor and team, if possible. Previous documentation will be reviewed with parent/s and student. The student will be required to sign the bullying prevention contract with parent signature as a witness. Students will be monitored by counselor, teachers, and administration.  Document on the Bullying Complaint or Witness Form.

 

Step 3: Referral to Assistant Principal/Principal

A referral will be given to the principal with the Bullying Documentation Form with previous steps. The principal will process the referral and notify parents.

***Any further infractions will result in further disciplinary action on the part of administration***

***As per the student Code of Conduct and JMS Student handbook, the administration has the authority to assign multiple levels of suspension for any number of days, depending on the severity of the behaviors.  In some cases, first time offense could warrant immediate referral and suspension.  The discretion of this is left up the administration at JMS.

 

Recognizing the Difference

            Normal Conflict                                  Bullying

Usually friends or acquaintances           Usually not friends or acquaintances

Happens occasionally                            Repeated Negative Actions

Accidental                                               Purposeful 

Not serious                                              Serious with threats

                                                                 (physical or emotional harm)

NOT seeking power,                                Attempt to gain power, attention, or

attention, or material things                      material things

Takes responsibility and                         Blames the victim and makes no

tries to solve the problem                       effort to solve the problem

 

Jackson Middle Middle School Bullying Prevention Contract

Bullying, as defined in the student/parent handbook, is: verbal, written, or physical behaviors, such as, but not limited to, intimidating and or threatening, (i.e. Having the effect of physically or psychologically harassing a student or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or property), that are initiated by one or more students against a victim. In addition to direct attacks, bullying may also be more indirect by causing a student to be socially isolated through intentional exclusion.
 1. Physical bullying:  Includes any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like hitting, kicking, punching, etc. Taking something that belongs to someone else and destroying it would also be considered a type of physical bullying.
2. Verbal bullying:  Includes name-calling, teasing, making offensive remarks, or joking about a person's religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or the way they look.
4. Indirect bullying:  Includes spreading rumors or stories about someone, telling others about something that was told to you in private, and excluding others from groups.
5. Social Alienation:  When a bully excludes someone from a group on purpose.
6. Intimidation:  When a bully threatens someone else and frightens that person enough to make him or her do what the bully wants.
7.  Cyber Bullying:  Sending messages, pictures, or information using electronic media, computers (email & instant messages, Facebook, etc), or cell phones (text messaging & voicemail).