Harassment and Bullying Prevention

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HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS PROHIBITED
No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate, or bully a student on the basis of actual or perceived: race; color; national origin; military status; unfavorable discharge status from military service; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender-related identity or expression; ancestry; age; religion; physical or mental disability; order of protection status; status of being homeless; actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy; association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics; or any other distinguishing characteristic. The District will not tolerate harassing , intimidating conduct, or bullying, including sexual harassment, whether verbal, physical, sexual, or visual, that affects tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above. To read the full policy as well as procedures for filing a complaint, click here.

DISTRICT ANTI-BULLYING AND ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

Illinois law requires all schools to have a policy on bullying including cyber-bullying.  Each district's policy must be updated at least every other year. 
Smithton's policy follows state law and is modeled after the official bullying policy published by the Illinois Association of School Boards. In addition to this written policy, which is part of the Board of Education's Policy Manual, the anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy is also included in the yearly school handbook which is distributed to the families of all enrolled students.  In addition to the policy, you may review the district's procedures for responding to bullying here.

BULLYING REPORT FORM
Parents or students may use 
this form to submit a bullying report.

ANONYMOUS
BULLYING HOTLINE

618-509-5812

Bullying (definition)
Bullying is an intentional, aggressive behavior that includes an imbalance of power and is repeated over time.  Bullying includes cyber-bullying and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

  1. Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student's or students' person or property;

  2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student's or students' physical or mental health;

  3. Substantially interfering with the student's or students' academic performance; or

  4. Substantially interfering with the student's or students' ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Expectations and Acknowledgments

  1. The District prohibits bullying.

  2. The District expects all students to conduct themselves with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students.

  3. Bullying is contrary to Illinois law and the policy of the Smithton School District.

  4. The District shall promptly investigate and address reports of bullying.

  5. The District shall utilize a variety of interventions to address bullying which may include school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services and community-based services.

  6. The District will not tolerate bullying reprisals or retaliation.  Such actions will be treated as bullying for the purposes of determining appropriate consequences or other remedial actions.

  7. No student will be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information even if the investigation concludes that no bullying occurred. However, knowingly making a false accusation or providing false information will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining appropriate consequences or other remedial actions.

  8. Staff members will (1) intervene immediately to stop a bullying incident that they witness, (2) report bullying, whether they witness it or not, to an administrator, and (3) inform the administration of locations on school grounds where additional supervision or monitoring may be needed to prevent bullying.

Anonymous Bullying Hotline

618-509-5812

Stop Bullying

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Access the District's anti-bullying policy by clicking on the Cougar.

The district's anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy covers conduct that occurs at school, at school-sponsored activities, and through school-owned technology as well as conduct that occurs outside the school environment which creates a significant disruption to the school environment.

Smithton in Action

Smithton School promotes positive behavior and peer-to-peer mentoring through a variety of avenues.  In addition, an active student-developed junior high school Anti-Bullying Committee promotes tolerance and helps spread a positive message throughout the school.

Resources

  • The Trevor Project - Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.  

  • Project Semicolon - Project Semicolon is a faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love and inspire.

  • Kids Against Bullying - A creative, innovative and educational website designed for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action.

  • Teens Against Bullying - Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.

  • Illinois Anti-Bullying Laws and Policies - An overview of the key components of school plans required by the State of Illinois as well as additional links to state statutes related to the law.

  • Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying - A repository of resources to provide information to schools, parents, and students to better understand and help prevent bullying in schools and online.

  • StopBullying.gov - A great resource that provides information about the definition of bullying and cyberbullying as well as defining who is at risk, how to respond to bullying, how to prevent bullying, and how to get immediate help.

  • Bullying By The Numbers - This site provides many resource links to informational pieces about bullying.