Examples of Prohibited Conduct

Bullying is an aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power between individuals with the intent to cause emotional or physical harm. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social/relational and may involve a single severe act or repetition or potential repetition of a deliberate act. Bullying includes, but is not limited to, any act described in Education Code 48900(r).

Cyberbullying includes the electronic creation or transmission of harassing communications, direct threats, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images. Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person’s electronic account or assuming that person’s online identity in order to
damage that person’s reputation.

(cf. 5145.2 – Freedom of Speech/Expression)
(cf. 6163.4 – Student Use of Technology)

Examples of the types of conduct that may constitute bullying and are prohibited by the district include, but are not limited to:

1. Physical bullying: An act that inflicts harm upon a person’s body or possessions, such as hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone’s possessions, or making cruel or rude hand gestures

2. Verbal bullying: An act that includes saying or writing hurtful things, such as teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, or threats to cause harm

3. Social/relational bullying: An act that harms a person’s reputation or relationships, such as leaving a person out of an activity on purpose, influencing others not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors, or embarrassing someone in public

4. Cyberbullying: An act such as sending demeaning or hateful text messages or emails, spreading rumors by email or by posting on social networking sites, or posting or sharing embarrassing photos, videos, web site, or fake profiles


Measures to Prevent Bullying

The Executive Director or designee shall implement measures to prevent bullying in district schools, including, but not limited to, the following:

1. Ensuring that each school establishes clear rules for student conduct and implements strategies to promote a positive, collaborative school climate

(cf. 5131 – Conduct)
(cf. 5137 – Positive School Climate)

2. Providing information to students through student handbooks, district and school web sites and social media, and other age-appropriate means, information about district and school rules related to bullying, mechanisms available for reporting incidents or threats, and the consequences for engaging in bullying

3. Encouraging students to notify school staff when they are being bullied or when they suspect that another student is being bullied, and providing means by which students may report threats or incidents confidentially and anonymously

4. Conducting an assessment of bullying incidents at each school and, if necessary, increasing supervision and security in areas where bullying most often occurs, such as playgrounds, hallways, restrooms, and cafeterias

5. Annually notifying district employees that, pursuant to Education Code 234.1, any school staff who witnesses an act of bullying against a student has a responsibility to immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so


Reporting and Filing of Complaints

Any student, parent/guardian, or other individual who believes that a student has been subjected to bullying or who has witnessed bullying may report the incident to a teacher, the executive director, a compliance officer, or any other available school employee.

When a report of bullying is submitted, the executive director or a district compliance officer shall inform the student or parent/guardian of the right to file a formal written complaint in accordance with AR 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures. The student who is the alleged victim of the
bullying shall be given an opportunity to describe the incident, identify witnesses who may have relevant information, and provide other evidence of bullying.

(cf. 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures)

Within one business day of receiving such a report, a staff member shall notify the executive director of the report, whether or not a uniform complaint is filed. In addition, any school employee who observes an incident of bullying involving a student shall, within one business day, report such observation to the executive director or a district compliance officer, whether or not the alleged victim
files a complaint.

Within two business days of receiving a report of bullying, the executive director shall notify the district compliance officer identified in AR 1312.3.

When the circumstances involve cyberbullying, individuals with information about the activity shall be encouraged to save and print any electronic or digital messages that they feel constitute cyberbullying and to notify a teacher, the executive director, or other employee so that the matter may be investigated. When a student uses a social networking site or service to bully or harass another student, the Executive Director or designee may file a request with the networking site or service to bully or harass another student, the Executive Director or designee may file a request with the networking site or service to suspend the privileges of the student and to have the material removed.


Good Citizenship Contract

All Almond Acres Charter Academy students will read and sign the Positive Citizenship / Anti-Bullying Contract