Bullying Definition (PWCS):
Bullying means any aggressive or unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. Bullying includes cyber bullying. Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.
One incident of conflict is something that may be handled by the teacher. Bullying behaviors are NOT tolerated at Dumfries Elementary School. If bullying happens, it must be reported to an adult. If a student feels bullied, they should tell their teacher, school counselor, or parent. If you child tells you about bullying, please let the child’s teacher or school counselor know about it.
Once the school is aware of bullying, we take the following actions:
- A student or parent reports bullying to a teacher or school counselor. Students complete the bully report form. A student can do this alone, with a parent, or with a teacher or counselor.
- The student will meet with the counselor to discuss the bullying and strategies for dealing with it. The school counselor will place a phone call to the student’s parent and tell the student’s teacher and specialists to increase supervision of both students.
- If the bullying continues, the counselor will arrange a meeting with the alleged bully and a school administrator.
- School administration will inform the parents of the alleged bully and discuss any disciplinary investigations/actions that will take place.