FREEDOM FROM BULLYING POLICY

David's Law

Edgewood ISD Board Policy FFI (LOCAL)

(1) Bullying is a single significant act or pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student

that exploits an imbalance of power and involves:

- Written or verbal expression;

- Expression through electronic means; or

- Physical conduct that:

- Harms a student or his or her property, or places them in reasonable fear of

this harm;

- Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, causing a

student to experience substantial negative mental health effects, damaging a

student 's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the

student 's person or of damage to the student 's property;

- Sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive enough to create an intimidating,

threatening or abusive educational environment for the student;

- Materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or orderly

operation of a classroom or school; or

- Infringes on the rights of the victim at school.

(2) "Cyberbullying" means bullying that is done through the use of electronic communication, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a pager, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, Internet website, or other Internet-based communication tool.

This section applies to:

(1) bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-

sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property;

(2) bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or van being used

for transportation of students to or from school or a school-sponsored or school-

related activity;

(3) cyberbullying that occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or

school-related activity if the cyberbullying:

  1. interferes with a student's educational opportunities; or
  2. substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity.

All employees are required to report student complaints of bullying to the principal or designee. No exceptions! No decision-making needed from the employee, just report.

Edgewood ISD provides Edgewood Alert, a reporting tool located on the district website. Go to www.eisd.net click on Edgewood Alert. Students, parents and staff can report bullying incidents anonymously through Edgewood Alert.

 

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