Olweus Bully Program

Olweus Bully Program

St. John Catholic School reflects the community’s commitment to maintaining a safe, secure environment centered on Gospel values. This environment is to be free from any type of bullying or harassment. Bullying and harassment of any kind are totally inconsistent with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ; therefore it cannot be tolerated in a Catholic education setting.

A student is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students. Harassment is defined as any unwanted and unwelcome behavior that interferes with a student’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.

The bullying or harassment includes physical, visual, and verbal behavior. Instances of bullying or harassment will be addressed using appropriate disciplinary consequences, counseling methods, and parental/guardian contact and involvement in accordance with the nature and frequency of the offense.


Guidelines

Before disciplinary action is taken, an immediate assessment of the situation will be held with the individual teacher, student(s), and principal. In all instances, conflict resolution will be a primary tool in seeking a positive solution to the situation. If further action is necessary, the following procedures will occur:

First Offense: Teacher-student-principal conference. (Parent will be notified of the conference. Depending on the severity of the offense, the parent may be requested to attend and an appropriate consequence assigned.)

Second Offense: Teacher-student-parent-principal conference. (Depending on the severity of the offense, a one to three day in-school suspension may occur. Work or tests during this period may receive a grade of zero.)

Third Offense: Same procedure as above, but pastor is included. Counseling may be required. If no cooperation is attained, expulsion from school becomes a strong possibility.

Parents are expected to treat school faculty, staff, and administration with respect. Parents who harass or bully faculty, staff, and/or the administration will be asked to remove their child from St. John Catholic School.



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