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Bullying Prevention - August 2007 Revision

Note: This procedural directive was reviewed and revised in October 2010. We provide this revision for historic purposes only. Please refer to the current procedural directive.

The Board Bullying Prevention Policy relating to a safe, respectful, and fear-free environment which prohibits bullying.

The following procedure will implement this policy:

  1. Definition: Bullying is a way of using power aggressively in which a person is subjected to intentional, unwanted and unprovoked hurtful verbal and/or physical actions.

    Bullying results in the victim feeling oppressed, fearful, distressed, injured, or uncomfortable. The aggression is repeated on more than one occasion and can include either: physical, verbal, emotional, racial, sexual, written, electronic, damage to property, social exclusion, and intimidation. Bullying may be motivated by actual or perceived characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or identity, mental, physical or academic disability. Bullying often takes place in a social context. Bystanders play a critical role in impacting bullying either positively or negatively.
  2. Goal: The Albuquerque Public School District is committed to providing a safe, respectful and fearfree environment for all members of the school community including students, staff, parents, community partners, and visitors.

    The District understands that a safe, respectful, and fear-free climate that prohibits bullying is necessary for students to learn, achieve high academic standards, and for the establishment of a positive educational environment. All participants in the District’s educational community will support the expectation of a safe, respectful and fear-free school and work environment, and will model this in their own behaviors. It is expected that all District stakeholders including students, staff, parents, community partners, and visitors will experience a positive school atmosphere where all individuals are honored and respected. It is the responsibility of every stakeholder to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes and supports this commitment.

Prohibition

Bullying is strictly prohibited by all members of the school community. Bullying is strictly prohibited by students on the way to or from school, at the school bus stop, during school-related or sanctioned activities, on school grounds, in school vehicles, with the use of school technology, or during the lunch period whether on or off campus. Those who encourage bullying are subject to corrective action.

Bullying incidents will not be tolerated by any APS employee.

Ref.: Board Policy J.21

Legal Ref: NMAC 6.12.7.8

Reviewed: August 2007

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