Silvis School District #34 is dedicated to ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. We recognize that in any school, the potential exists for bullying to occur. We take this potential seriously, and we have policies and procedures in place that ensure that each report of alleged bullying is investigated and acted upon by the school administration.
What is Bullying?
1. Bullying is deliberate with the intentions to hurt someone.
2. Bullying involves an imbalance of power with selected targets.
3. Bullying is repeated and targeted behavior.
Examples of bullying :
Someone is threatening to beat you up in school, including when walking to or from school, when you get off the bus, while talking to you on your cell phone or while you are online.
Someone is taking something of yours without your permission.
Someone is spreading rumors about you or your family.
Someone is embarrassing you in front of others by either calling you names or doing something to you like hiding your books, pulling your seat out from under you, etc.
Someone is telling other kids not to talk to you or be friends with you.
Someone continues to shove into you in the halls and says it is always an accident.
Someone is sexually harassing you. (following you around, whistling at you, making comments about your body or doing something to your body, touching you inappropriately, etc.)
Why do people bully? Two basic reasons: Have a deep troubling need of their own and is picked on or feels that their life is not very successful. They try to make themselves feel better by picking on someone else. They fall into a trap by thinking that bullying is just the cool thing to do in front of their peers. Too often, a bullies behavior is encouraged and not stopped. Witnessing bullying and not reporting it is encouraging bullying.
Reporting bullying is the responsible thing to do!
Students may report bullying to teachers or other school staff, the social worker, guidance counselors or to school administrators. There are also two ways of reporting bullying 1) Report directly to a teacher, counselor, or principal and 2) Anonymously by using the online form located on this page. Parents or guardians of students may also report suspected bullying with an administrator or through the online form located on this page. Any teachers or other school staff who witness acts of bullying or who receive student reports of bullying shall notify school administrators promptly of such acts. All reports of suspected bullying shall remain confidential.
Upon receipt of any of the foregoing reports, an administrator or designee shall investigate all reports. In the event that the administrator believes there is reason to suspect that bullying has occurred, he or she shall follow general student discipline procedures.