Montgomery City Elementary School wants all students to have a safe learning environment. On this page, you will find resources about bullying prevention and reporting. At any time a student or parent may contact the school office and/or counselor about safety concerns.
Montgomery County R-II Anti-Bullying Policy
The Montgomery County R-II District is committed to making our schools safe and caring environments for all students. We will treat each other with respect and refuse to tolerate bullying of any kind.
Bullying Definition: (see Board policy JFCF)
Bullying is defined as repeated actions or actions which have the potential to be repeated that create an imbalance of power through intimidation or harassment of a student or multiple students perpetuated by individuals or groups. Bullying includes, but is not limited to: physical actions, including violence, gestures, theft, or damaging property; oral or written taunts, including name-calling, put-downs, extortion, or threats; or threats of retaliation for reporting such acts. Bullying may also include cyberbullying or cyberthreats. Cyberbullying is sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices. Cyberthreats are online materials that threaten or raise concerns about violence against others, suicide or self-harm.
First Offense: Conference, detention, in-school suspension, or 1-180 days out-of-school suspension.
Subsequent Offense: 1-180 days out-of-school suspension or expulsion.
Examples of bullying behaviors could include the following:
· Hurting someone physically by hitting, kicking, tripping, or pushing
· Ganging up on someone
· Teasing someone in a hurtful way
· Using put-downs, such as insulting someone’s race or making fun of someone for being a boy or a girl
· Spreading rumors or untruths about someone
· Leaving someone out on purpose, or trying to get other kids not to include someone
Students of the Montgomery County R-II District will do the following things to prevent bullying:
· Treat each other respectfully
· Refuse to bully others verbally, physically, or in cyberspace
· Refuse to let others be bullied
· Refuse to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied
· Try to include everyone in activities, especially those who are often left out
· Report bullying to an adult.
Teachers and staff in the Montgomery County R-II District will do the following things to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at school:
- Closely supervise students in all areas of the school and grounds and monitor the use of technology at school.
- Watch for signs of bullying and stop it when it happens.
- Respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports using the Four-A-Response process (Affirm Feelings, Ask Questions, Assess Safety, and Act by coaching child on what to do in the future).
- Look into all reported bullying incidents.
Depending on the severity and nature of the incident, the Montgomery County R-II District will take one or more of the following steps when bullying occurs:
- Intervention, Warning, and Redirection
- Notification of Parents
- Resolution with the Target of the Bullying
- Referral to Professional School Support Staff