Villa Maria Elementary School

 

No Bullying Policy

 

Villa Maria Elementary

Villa Maria Elementary School strives to provide a safe, positive, learning climate for each student.

We recognize bullying when all three of the following occur: 1.Any word, look, sign, or act that inflicts or threatens to inflict physical or emotional injury or discomfort upon another person’s body, feelings, or possessions.   2.The behavior occurs repeatedly over time.  3.There is an imbalance of power between the aggressor and the receiver of the behavior.

 

To maintain a safe, secure school environment, free from bullying and violence we pledge to:

  • See Christ in everyone by reaching out to others and treating each person with respect.
  • Empower students to recognize and report bullying behaviors.
  • Intervene and strictly enforce rules and consequences in a consistent manner.
  • Educate the school community including parents on establishing a positive school climate.
  • Tolerate no bullying in our school.

School Wide Goals:

  • All children will be included in school activities such as recess, lunch and small groups.
  • Respect the personal space and belongings of others
  • Speak only kind words to and about others.
  • Act in kind ways toward each other.

Teachers have the authority and responsibility to maintain discipline in the classroom.

Villa Maria Elementary

Each student is expected to show good manners, consideration for others and to follow safety rules. The formation of a Christian character is a vital concern of the school and will exact from each student Christian behavior at all times. Any behavior that interferes with the student’s progress or another student’s progress is simply not acceptable.

Students are under the supervision of many teachers during a given school day . Each teacher will have his/her own requirements and students must learn these and abide by them.

Serious misconduct such as stealing, vandalism, profanity, fighting or disrespect to a teacher or another student, possession of weapons or other dangerous objects, possession or use of tobacco or any controlled substance could result in suspension or withdrawal from Villa.

Verbal, written or electronic threats by students will be taken seriously.

While traveling to and from school, while on school sponsored trips or sport activities, students are expected to be on their best behavior and show consideration for others at all times.

All adults working with students will be aware of the expectations for behavior. If they notice any inappropriate behavior they will advise the student of the expectations. If a student chooses to ignore the advice given by an adult, the teacher will be notified. Consequences will be managed by the teachers and/or principal.

Beyond rules and regulations, however, the school expects all its students to offer students and teachers, staff members and their families both courtesy and respect. This expectation is one of the most important characteristics of a Villa student.

Consequences
If a student chooses not to act responsibly and respectfully, according to the expectations above, the following consequences will occur:

  • Verbal encouragement to act responsibly
  • A letter or phone call to the parents explaining the behavior and the consequences
  • A loss of privileges at school - some privileges include but are not limited to: special activities, assemblies, treats, field trips, etc.
  • In-school suspension
  • Other consequences will be at the discretion of the Administration and will be determined by circumstances.

Major infractions of the code include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors:

  • Repeated inappropriate behavior(e.g., disrespect for No Bullying Policy)
  • Cheating
  • Stealing/Vandalism
  • Inappropriate language
  • Verbal threats
  • Written threats
  • Assault of another
  • Destruction of property
  • Possession or use of tobacco products, drugs, alcohol, flammable materials or weapons.
  • Use of any object as a weapon

Major infractions of the code will result in one or more of the following:

  • Detention
  • In-school or out of school suspension
  • Expulsion

Any of these behaviors will result in parents being called to come and immediately remove their child from the building.

Other consequences will be at the discretion of the Administration and will be determined by circumstances.

 
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