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Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan 2015-16 Approved by BOE: July 13th, 2015

Umonhon Nation Public Schools Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………3 BULLYING PREVENTION POLICY…………………………………………………………………………………………………4 DEFINITIONS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………6 TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT…………………………………………………………………………8 REPORTING BULLYING OR RETALIATION…………………………………………………………………………………….9 RESPONDING TO A REPORT OF BULLYING OR RETALIATION…………………………………………………….12 CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION……………………………………………………………………………………………13 NOTIFICATION TO AFFECTED PARTIES………………………………………………………………………………………14 REMIDERS TO ALL STAFF RESPONDING TO BULLYING………………………………………………………………15 INCIDENT REPORTING PROCESS..………………………………………………………………………………………….…16 BULLYING INVESTIGATION CHECKLIST AND ACTION FORM …………………………………………………….18 SCHOOL BULLYING REPORT FORM: PAPER AND ON-LINE…………………………………………………………19 IDENTIFYING RESOURCES…………………………………………………………………………………………………………21 FLOW CHART……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………23

INTRODUCTION Bullying behavior by a student is prohibited and will be considered unacceptable behavior. Umonhon Nation Public Schools will not tolerate any unlawful or disruptive behavior, including any form of bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation, in our school buildings, on school grounds, or in school related activities. We will investigate promptly all reports and complaints of bullying, cyber-bullying, and retaliation, and take prompt action to end that behavior and restore a target’s sense of safety. We will support this commitment in all aspects of our school community, including curricula, instructional programs, staff development, extracurricular activities, and parent or guardian involvement. The school expects that all members of the school community, students and adults, will treat each other in a civil manner. The Umonhon Nation Public School District is committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment that is free from bullying and cyber-bullying. This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive efforts to promote learning, and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behavior that can impede the learning process. Bullying, harassment, and intimidation have a negative impact on the school climate and can be major distractions from learning. Bullying can create unnecessary anxiety that affects the ability or desire of a student to attend school, learn in school, travel on the school bus, feel safe in school areas such as the playground or cafeteria, or participate in extracurricular activities. The failure to address bullying behavior also gives other students the message that it is permissible to engage in negative conduct. This Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (“Plan”) is a comprehensive approach to addressing bullying and cyber-bullying, and the Umonhon Public Schools are committed to working with students, staff, families, law enforcement, and the community to prevent issues of violence.

BULLYING PREVENTION POLICY The Umonhon Nation Public Schools is committed to providing a safe, positive and productive educational environment where students can achieve the highest academic standards. No student shall be subjected to harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying. “Bullying” is the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a target that:     

Causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property; Places the target in reasonable fear or harm to the target or damage to the target’s property; Creates a hostile environment at school for the target; Infringes on the rights of the target at school; or Materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school

“Cyber-bullying” means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a:   

Radio Electromagnetic Photo-electronic or photo-optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications

Cyber-bullying shall also include the creation of web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or knowingly impersonates another person as author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions discussed in the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more person, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions discussed in the definition of bullying. Bullying and cyber-bullying may occur in and out of school, during and after school hours, at home and in locations outside of the home. When bullying and cyber-bullying are alleged, the full cooperation and assistance of parents and families are expected.

Bullying is not allowed:      

On school grounds; On property immediately adjacent to school grounds; At school-sponsored or school-related activities; At functions or programs whether on or off school grounds; On school vehicles; Through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by the Umonhon Nation Schools

Bullying and cyber-bullying are prohibited at a location, activity, function or program that is not school-related or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased or used by the Umonhon Nation Schools if the act or acts in question:   

Create a hostile environment at school for target; Infringe on the rights of the target at school; and/or Materially and substantially disrupt the education process or the orderly operation of the school

DEFINITIONS Aggressor is a student who engages in bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, or retaliation. Bullying is systematically or chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. Bullying may involve but is not limited to: 1. unwanted teasing 2. threatening/intimidating behavior 3. stalking or cyberstalking 4. cyberbullying 5. physical violence 6. theft or destruction of school or personal property 7. sexual, religious, or racial harassment 8. public humiliation 9. social exclusion, including incitement and or coercion 10. spreading of falsehoods or rumors Student behavior must meet three criteria to be considered bullying: 1. The behavior is repetitive. If a behavior occurs only once, it may constitute harassment, but it is not bullying. 2. The behavior is either unwanted, offensive, threatening, insulting, or humiliating; or the behavior causes the target to feel stressed, injured or threatened to the point that it impacts his/her educational experience or affects the school environment. 3. There is an imbalance of power between the target and the aggressor. Children who engage in peer aggression have more power than the target. The power advantage may be due to social status, age, size, and/or popularity. Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers, and the Internet. It includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages, text messages, and Internet postings. Harassment is annoying, threatening, or unwanted behavior causing fear and/or limiting another’s behavior and actions. Harassment can include: Verbal harassment involves words that hurt and/or humiliate, including, but not limited to, teasing, name calling, and/or insults. The following are categories of verbal harassment: 1. Careless hurtful remarks appear to be thoughtless rather than malicious; repetitive “careless hurtful remarks” are probably not thoughtless, but in fact may be “verbal or written teasing/taunting” (see below). 2. Verbal or written teasing/taunting is the expression of language which is deliberately hurtful to a target’s feelings, and can either be made directly to the target or within his/her or other children’s hearing or sight.

3. Verbal or written threats or taunts are explicit remarks threatening future harmful behavior. 4. Encouraging such harassment is also a type of verbal harassment Physical harassment involves physical actions that are hurtful. The following are categories of physical harassment: 1. Physical threats include physical gestures used to convey to a target that s/he will be hurt, such as but not limited to raising a clenched fist or drawing a finger across the throat. 2. Physical aggression involves physically touching a target in a hurtful way that is unlikely to cause injury, including, but not limited to, pinching, pulling off hats, grabbing books, and/or blocking one’s way. Taking or damaging someone’s property is another form of physical aggression. 3. Physical attacks include, but are not limited to, pushing, shoving, kicking, hitting, punching, or pinning down. Relational harassment involves convincing one’s peers to exclude or reject certain persons and cut them off from their social connections. Verbal, physical, and relational harassment is bullying if it also meets the three criteria identified in the definition of bullying (above). Hostile environment is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be constant with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of a student’s education. Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of suspected bullying, or witnesses suspected bullying or harassment. Staff includes educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, and paraprofessionals. Target is a student against whom bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment or retaliation has been performed.

TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT A. Annual Staff Training on the Plan At the beginning of each school year, principals and counselors provide annual training on the Plan, focusing on staff responsibilities in reporting and intervening in suspected incidents of bullying or harassment. This will include a review of reporting forms; staff responsibility as mandatory reporters (“See something, say something”); the characteristics of aggressors, targets, and bystanders; and an overview of bullying prevention curricula in place in the school. Full review of the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan also occurs for new staff as part of the Mentoring Program and New Teacher Orientation. B. Ongoing Professional Development Principals and counselors have planned ongoing professional development through faculty meetings that address and revisit topics related to bullying prevention and intervention, including the use of incident reporting forms. Ongoing training will reinforce the key points of the initial training (describe above) as well. Grade level and department meetings will continue to be used to discuss student dynamics and behaviors. On-line training will also occur throughout the year using omahanation.ne.safeschools.com Professional development will also address ways to prevent and respond to bullying or retaliation for students with disabilities that must be considered when developing students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). This will include a particular focus on the needs of students with autism or students whose disability affects social skills development. C. Written Notice to Staff The district will provide all staff with an annual written notice of the Plan by publishing information about its key points and staff responsibilities in the district’s employee handbook and the code of conduct.

REPORTING BULLYING OR RETALIATION A staff member is expected to report immediately to the principal or designee when s/he witnesses or becomes aware of conduct that may be bullying or retaliation. The school or district expects students, parents or guardians, and others who witness or become aware of an instance of bullying or retaliation involving a student to report it to the principal or designee. Reports of bullying or retaliation may be made by staff, students, parents or guardians, or others, and may be oral or written. Oral reports made by or to a staff member will be recorded in writing by the staff member. A school or district staff member is required to report immediately to the principal or designee any instance of bullying or retaliation the staff member becomes aware of or witnesses. The school or district will make a variety of reporting resources available to the school community, including an Incident Reporting Form *found on page* and a dedicated mailing address. Reports made by students, parents or guardians, or other individuals who are not school or district staff members, may be made anonymously. However, no disciplinary action may be taken against a student solely on the basis of an anonymous report. Anonymous reports may be made by downloading the Incident Report Form and returning it to the building principal.

At Umonhon Nation Public School we are dedicated to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all of your children and our students. However, bullying has become a serious challenge across the Nation. Recent studies have shown that over 20% of students feel unsafe at school due to direct or observed teasing, threats, bullying, and other stressors. We believe in partnering with our parents to combat bullying and school violence. Bullying at school affects and is affected by what happens after school, at home and even online. We must work together to take immediate actions and help our students, whether they are a bully, a victim of bullying or a bystander. At Umonhon Nation Public School has implemented a web-based incident reporting tool called TIPS. TIPS is a comprehensive platform for reporting, tracking and documenting incidents and concerns. TIPS empowers students, parents, teachers and community members to be heard and to anonymously report warning signs and trouble. The goal of TIPS is prevention and to help identify red flags and warning signs before an incident occurs or escalates. If you or your child would like to report a concern, please visit the school’s website and click on the TIPS Incident Report button. All reports are confidential and your name will only be shared if you provide your contact information. As soon as a report is made, all of the appropriate

school personnel will receive an instant notification, review the incident and take appropriate actions. By working together, we can help prevent incidents from occurring and ensure the safety and security of our students. With TIPS students and parents can report:

If you or your child has an immediate concern, please call us at 402-837-5622 to schedule a discussion as we want to help address your issue as soon as possible.

Use of an Incident Reporting Form is not required as a condition of making a report. Oral reports and other written reports will be treated as Incident Reports and will be investigated. The school or district will: 



There is language about the process for reporting bullying in the student-parent handbook. In addition, all parents or guardians and students sign off at the beginning of the year that they have read the handbook. In addition, bullying and reporting of bullying is discussed during the initial classroom/homeroom/advisory session of the year and during the class assemblies held during the first couple weeks of school. As part of this discussion, students are shown how to access an online anonymous bullying reporting system and review about the availability of the paper incident reporting form located in each of the school guidance counselor’s offices. There is an online anonymous bullying reporting system incident posted on the schools website.

At the beginning of each school year, the school or district will provide the school community, including administrators, staff, students, and parents or guardians, with written notice of its policies for reporting acts of bullying and retaliation. A description of the reporting procedures and resources, including name and contact information of the principal or designee, will be incorporated in student and staff handbooks, on the school website, and in information about the Plan that is made available to parents or guardian

RESPONDING TO A REPORT OF BULLYING OR RETALIATION The principal is responsible for creating a culture of safety, security, and health within the school. Ensuring a sense of safety, investigating an incident, and following up on an incident of bullying will all fall under the responsibility of the principal or designee. 

Safety will be a priority.

Before investigating the allegations of bullying or retaliation, the principal or designee will do the following:   

Assess the need to restore a sense of safety to the alleged target Assess the need to protect the alleged target Provide strategies for protection for:  Students who report bullying  Students who provide information during an investigation  Students who witness or provide reliable information about an act of bullying  Strategies may be as simple as changing seating arrangements, or schedule alterations, or check-in with the guidance counselor

While an incident is investigated, and bullying is determined to have occurred, a disciplinary response and an educational response will be determined for the aggressor.  

Put in place supports, such as an action plan, for the aggressor. This action plan may include frequent check-ins, meetings with the guidance counselor, a family meeting or referral for outside supports.

The target’s needs will be evaluated, and the safety of and support for the target will be a priority of the school’s principal. Additional supports for target, aggressor, witnesses and reporters may also be discussed.

CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION The principal or designee will investigate promptly all reports of bullying or retaliation and, in doing so, will consider all available information known, including the nature of the allegation(s) and the ages of the students involved. During the investigation the principal or designee will, among other things, interview students, staff, witnesses, parents or guardians, and others necessary. The principal or designee (or whoever is conducting the investigation) will remind the alleged aggressor, target, and witnesses that retaliation is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. The principal, designee or other staff members determined by the principal or designee, and in consultation with the school counselor, as appropriate, may conduct interviews. To the extent practicable, and given his/her obligation to investigate and address the matter, the principal or designee will remain confidentiality during the investigative process. The principal or designee will maintain written documentation of the investigation. Procedures for investigating reports of bullying and retaliation will be consistent with school or district policies and procedures for investigations. If necessary, the principal or designee will consult with legal counsel about the investigation.

NOTIFICATION TO AFFECTED PARTIES Notice to parents and guardians: Upon determining that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the principal or designee will promptly notify the parents or guardians of both the target and the aggressor. The parent/guardian of the target will be told of the procedures that will be taken to provide for the target’s safety and to prevent further incidents of bullying or retaliation from occurring. Any communication will comply with confidentiality guidelines. Specific information about disciplinary action taken will not be released to the target’s parents or guardians, unless it involves a “stay away” order or other directive that the target must be aware of in order to report violations. Notice to another school or district: If the reported incident involves students from more than one school district, the principal or designee first informed of the incident will promptly notify the other school(s) of the incident so that each school may take appropriate action. Notice of law enforcement: At any point after receiving a report of bullying or retaliation, including after an investigation, if the principal or designee has a reasonable basis to believe that criminal charges may be pursued against the aggressor, the principal will notify the local law enforcement agency. If an incident occurs on school grounds and involves a former student under the age of 21 who is no longer enrolled in school, the principal or designee shall contact the local law enforcement agency if he or she has a reasonable basis to believe that criminal charges may be pursued against the aggressor. Documentation: Each school will keep a discipline file, including bullying incident reports and investigation information. The principal or designee will create a process for recording and tracking incidents for accessing information related to targets and aggressors.

REMINDERS TO ALL STAFF RESPONDING TO BULLYING  

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Do not ignore bullying: bullies count on adults to ignore bullying behaviors, and this allows them to continue bullying activities. Intervene immediately: bullying is common and shouldn’t be allowed to continue on. Bullies are much more likely to grow up to have criminal or violent behaviors. Targets of bullies suffer from mental health problems, school problems, and social problems. Children who witness bullying spend an excessive amount of time seeking to avoid it and worrying about it. Separate alleged aggressor and target: don’t use mediation or attempt to force them to confront one another. Bullying is different from conflict: Conflict is an equal-power quarrel or problem between two or more students. Bullying is abuse; it occurs when a socially powerful (popular or feared) student mentally or physically abuses a less powerful or fearful student, for the purposes of making them afraid and hurt. Stay neutral and calm: The tone you take with students during investigations will affect your ability to diffuse the bullying. Don’t make promises or deals until your investigation is complete. Reassure reporters and target that they have done the right thing by making a report. Make sure they know they will be protected from retaliation. Empower aggressors to change. Maintain confidentiality but ACT: It is important to protect reporters from retaliation, but information on bullying MUST be acted upon. There are no “off-the-record” conversations. Be objective in your note-taking; your emails and the notes you take in meetings about students become part of their official record. Be timely! The faster you talk to all students involved, the less likely that the students will feel social pressure to change their stories.

INCIDENT REPORTING PROCESS Step One: Complete Incident Report Form If an adult witnesses or reports incident: • Staff member completes incident report and gives to designated administrative staff member If a student reports incident to staff member: • Acknowledge student’s feelings • Determine if there are safety issues that must be addressed immediately • Student or staff member completes incident report and gives to designated administrative staff member Step Two: Conduct Investigation (by principal or designee) Interview target of incident: • Target and alleged aggressor should be separated • Ask target to describe the event • Encourage target to report any additional incidents with the alleged aggressor • Interview the target first, then the alleged aggressor • Target and alleged aggressor should be separated • Do not ask to see target in the alleged aggressor’s presence • If a judgment is made that bullying did not occur, the parties may be brought together for mediation. Mediation is not appropriate for bullying situations unless requested by the target. • Review and confirm report with interviewee. Interview the student accused of incident: • Identify the problem • Focus more on the alleged aggressor’s behavior, protecting the target’s confidentiality • In case of denial or if further information is needed, interview witnesses • Document the witness account • Make the alleged aggressor aware of consequences of retaliation against the target and reporter • Review and confirm report with interviewee Interview witness(es) • Document the witness account • Advise the witness that any information related to the incident is confidential and should only be discussed with parents and staff members • Review and confirm report with the interviewee Contact parent of target, alleged aggressor, and interviewed witnesses • Assign appropriate consequences

• If the alleged aggressor denies the incident and there is insufficient evidence, tell the alleged aggressor that you hope s/he is right and that nothing happened, but you will continue to monitor behavior • Monitor safety of target • If the target is found to have fabricated the incident, the false report is documented and consequences are determined • Document outcome of investigation • Target will be notified of action taken or not taken • Provide update to staff member who reported incident • Monitor students’ behavior • Notify teachers who have contact with target and aggressor

Bullying Investigation Checklist and Action Plan

When Investigating:      

Complete Action Plan below Review student’s discipline and school records Consult with additional staff, if needed Document summary of each student’s account Physical Injuries? If so, nurse document examination Gather printouts, pictures, other evidence

Action Plan Date Target Aggressor Witnesses Summary Of Findings Action Taken Parent or Guardian Notified Signature of Principal/ Designee

Umonhon Nation Schools Bullying Report Form (If not done online through TIPS, found on school website) This form is a place for you to report ANONYMOUSLY bullying or cyber-bullying that takes place in school, on-line, or through texting. (Bullying is when one or more people repeatedly harm, harass, intimidate or exclude others either face-to-face, on-line or texting). *All questions with asterisks must be completed. Incident Information Date: If you’re not sure, give your best guess. ____/____/_____ MM DD

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Location: (If on-line, identify the source, such as facebook). *__________________________________________________________________________________ Please describe, in as much detail as possible, what you saw and heard, exactly what happened. *__________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ *Were there any bystanders or witnesses? YES NO Unsure/I don’t know To your knowledge, has there been a previous incident between these students? YES NO Unsure/I don’t know (continued on back)

*Please identify if you witnessed this behavior as a bystander OR if you were the target (victim) Bystander Target (victim) Neither, I heard about it from someone else

*Please identify the target (victim) ________________________ First

___________________________ Last

*Please identify the name of the person responsible for the bullying ________________________ First

____________________________ Last

Your contact information (If you offer it, we will keep your name private and maintain your confidentiality) ________________________ First

_____________________________ Last

IDENTIFYING RESOURCES Listed are the names and agencies for staff that may be of assistance as a resource to share when working with children and families who have experienced incidents of bullying and/or cyber-bullying or retaliation for reporting bullying and/or cyber-bullying. Although, the guidance counselors have worked with some of these professionals, we have not interacted with them all. This list is provided so that you may begin the process of finding professionals to work with our children and families.

PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY SERVICES 

BryanLGH Medical Center West 2300 S. 16th St. Lincoln, NE 68502 402-481-1111

AREA HOSPITALS AND MENTAL HEALTH 

Carl T. Curtis Health Center P.O. Box 250 Macy, NE 68039 402-837-5381



Winnebago Indian Health Services Hwy 75 & 77 Winnebago, NE 68071 402-878-2231



Pender Community Hospital 100 Hospital Drive Pender, NE 68047 402-385-3083

HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS 

Macy, NE Law Enforcement

402-837-5906



Macy, NE Alcohol Center

402-837-4053



Nebraska Family Helpline

1-888-866-8660



Planned Parenthood

1-877-811-7526

Umonhon Nation Public Schools Process for Responding to a Report of Bullying or a Report of Retaliation for Reporting an Incident of Bullying Flow Chart

Parents that reviewed the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (July 2015): Leandra Guevara Sheena Grant Dustin Lovejoy Gwen Porter Tricia Kearnes

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