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CMS Board Commitment to Tolerance

Tolerance Policies

Tolerance Policy, Regarding Tolerance and Appreciation of Individual Differences

In accordance with its Mission Statement, Carol Morgan School (CMS) maintains a policy to ensure that each student experiences an educational and social atmosphere founded in tolerance and an appreciation of individual differences free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

Actions or behavior by a CMS student which contradict this policy will be viewed as serious violations of Carol Morgan School policy and will result in immediate disciplinary action.

CMS Harassment & Bullying Policy

Purpose:

To provide a comprehensive, universally understood definition of bullying behavior and to outline strategies for all members of the CMS School Community (staff, students, committees and parents) to combat social, emotional, physical, and all other forms of bullying. Harassment and Bullying in any form will NOT be tolerated at CMS.

Definition:

Harassment and bullying usually have four common features:

It is deliberate, hurtful behavior;

It is repeated often over a period of time;

It involves an imbalance of power and is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves; and

It can be done by one person or by a group.  

Bullying and harassment can include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following categories and specific behaviors, whether in person, online, by phone or text message:  threatening, social exclusion, spreading rumors, put downs / insults, name calling, hitting, taking belongings and/or vandalism.

Roles and Responsibilities:

All members of the CMS School Community share responsibility for:  promoting a caring, respectful and safe school environment; aiding in the development and implementation of a school bullying prevention strategy; participating in training relevant to bullying prevention; and recognizing harassment and bullying and taking action when they are aware of it happening. 

In addition, members of the CMS School Community also have the following particular roles and responsibilities:

The Board of Directors is responsible for:

Including harassment and bullying prevention strategies in its strategic planning;

Seeking broad-based input and participation from the CMS School Community in the development of a bullying prevention policy;

Supporting the use of “best practices” to prevent and reduce bullying; and

Promoting annual monitoring and review of school level policy and practices to reduce and prevent bullying.

Principals and Counselors are responsible for: 

Implementing and developing a comprehensive harassment and bullying prevention strategy in support of this policy that involves the participation of the CMS School Community;

Following this policy’s guidelines when responding to harassment and bullying incidents;

Valuing and protecting the confidentiality of anyone reporting an incident;

Keeping a confidential file that includes a description of the incident, students involved, and actions undertaken by the school;

Ensuring that confidential files follow the students from school to school and are handed over to new staff; and

Surveying the CMS School Community annually to determine the extent and nature of bullying and how effective interventions are at reducing bullying problems.

Teachers and Staff members are responsible for:

Building harassment and bullying prevention into instruction that encourages students to report incidents of bullying;

Responding promptly and appropriately to instances of harassment and bullying and reporting them to the principal;

Working with the principal to determine the appropriate course of action;

Monitoring instances of harassment and bullying and their resolution; and

Valuing and protecting the confidentiality of anyone reporting an incident.

Students are responsible for:

Taking a personal stand against harassment and bullying; and

Reporting all acts of harassment and  bullying experienced or observed to a school staff member.

Parents are responsible for:

Reporting instances of harassment and bullying to the school;

Allowing the school to follow up and determine the best course of action; and

Working with the school to reduce instances of harassment and bullying.

Responding to Bullying

When harassment and/ or bullying occurs or is reported, the following steps will be taken:

Principals, teachers and school staff will respond by providing a clear message that harassment and bullying will not be tolerated.

All instances of harassment and  bullying are to be reported to the school principal, which will then inform counselors, teachers and staff, as appropriate.

The principal, counselor, or teacher(s) will listen, investigate, offer support and determine the appropriate course of action.

An incident report will record those involved and the action taken and be filed with the principal.

In a timely fashion, the principal, once he/she has determined that there is a harassment and/ or bullying situation, will contact the parents of the students involved to inform them of the incident and how it is being handled.

The principal, counselor and teachers will monitor the situation, keep each other, and the parents of the students involved informed, and will update the file.

When a student has been involved in repeated incidents of harassment and bullying, the principal will meet with the parents of the students involved and suggest further support and alternative courses of action to solve the problem.

School discipline policies will be followed when consequences for bullying involve suspensions or expulsions.

The Health & Well-Being Committee will involve the CMS School Community in a regular review of the harassment and bullying prevention policy and school level practices to determine what is working and what needs to be strengthened to reduce problems of bullying.