"In accordance with state law, it is the policy of the Board of Education that any form of bullying behavior, whether in the classroom, on school property, on a school bus, or at school-sponsored events, is expressly forbidden." (Board of Education Policy 5131.911)
The health and welfare of every student in the Simsbury Public Schools is important to us, and bullying is a very serious issue that can jeopardize a child's positive educational experience. In keeping with our belief in nurturing the whole child--including aspects of personal, physical, civic and social development--this area of our website was developed to provide parents, students, and the community with information related to bullying. We are all partners in this battle against what can be very harmful to a child's well-being. Please take a moment to review our policies and other resources below. If you have a question about our policies or if you are a parent or student who has a concern about a potential bullying situation, please contact a school principal or administrator.
INDIVIDUAL SAFE SCHOOL ACTION PLANS
BULLYING POLICY STATEMENT
Bullying behavior by any student in the Simsbury Public Schools is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. As of July 1, 2011, bullying is now defined as:
a. the repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral, or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same school district
b. a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in the same school district that:
i. causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property,
ii. places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property,
iii. creates a hostile environment at school for such student,
iv. infringes on the rights of such student at school, or
v. substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.
School-Sponsored Activity shall mean any activity conducted on or off school property (including school buses and other school-related vehicles) that is sponsored, recognized or authorized by the Board of Education. The Board policy and regulation #5131.911 set forth this prohibition and the related procedures in detail, and are available to students and their parents/guardians. Please refer to Section VII to view the Simsbury Public Schools Board of Education policy 5131.911, Student Bullying. Due to new legislation that took effect on July 1, 2011, this policy will be under revision during the 2011-12 school Year.
March 3, 2011 Bullying Workshop and Information Session for Simsbury parents/guardians of elementary school students Flyer | PowerPoint Presentation | article by Lindsay Fetzner (March 4, 2011 SimsburyPatch website)
Policies & Procedures
Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy (Simsbury Public Schools, Policy 5131.911)
District Safe School Climate Plan (Simsbury Public Schools, Policy 5131.912)
Bullying Prevention & Intervention Report Forms
Bullying and Harassment Guide for Parents/Guardians (State Department of Education publication)
The online version of bullying (called "cyberbullying") is addressed on our Social Networking page.
News, Letters & Reports
"School Officials Start Year with Stronger Anti-Bullying Law" (www.courant.com, August 14, 2011)