Safe Schools Overview and Definitions
Our Guiding Principle: We believe that the key to preventing violence is a school climate that fosters healthy beliefs, feelings, attitudes and communication.
Safe Schools is comprised of three main components:
1.) Policies and Procedures
Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The imbalance of power involves the use of physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control or harm others.
Harassment is any unwelcome conduct based on a protected class under the federal civil rights laws that is severe, pervasive or persistent and creates a hostile environment that interferes with or limits a student's ability to participate in or benefit from services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school. Harassment meets one or more of the following criteria: is an act directed at one or more students that is received as harmful or embarrassing; is directed at one or more students; substantially interferes with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more students; substantially affects the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the school district’s educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing emotional distress; is based on a student’s actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic, or is based on an association with another person who has or is perceived to have any distinguishing characteristics; is repeated over time – is severe, persistent, and pervasive; causes mental duress, or psychological trauma to the victim.
Cyber-bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets, as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Examples may include mean text messages or emails, rumor sent by email or posted on social network sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
If you have information about a student who is being bullied or harassed please inform a trusted adult at school such as a guidance counselor, building administrator or School Resource Officer.
For more safety tips geared towards parents and students, follow me on Twitter @JoshuaKubly. I also highly encourage you to visit AlertRutherford, the County Emergency Notification system which provides accurate, immediate emergency notifications from all jurisdictions within Rutherford County to your cell, work or home phone via text, email or voice message. The system will send notifications about emergencies that may affect your home, workplace, child's school, parent's home, or any other locations within Rutherford County.