Student Respect Policy
HAFTR Middle School Student-to-Student
It is HAFTR Middle School's policy to maintain a safe and supportive learning and educational environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying committed by students against other students and discrimination by students against other students.
Discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying is prohibited in school, during school hours, before or after school, while traveling in vehicles funded by HAFTR and on other than school property when such behavior disrupts or would foreseeably disrupt the educational process or endangers or would foreseeably endanger the health, safety, morality, or welfare of the school community.
It is a violation of this policy for any student to create a hostile school environment for another student by conduct and/or verbal or written acts (including cyberbullying) that:
- have or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance or ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program, school sponsored activity or any other aspect of a student’s education; or
- have or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s mental, emotional, or physical well-being; or
- reasonably cause or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his/her physical safety; or
- reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury or emotional harm to a student.
Discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying may take many forms and can be physical, verbal or written. Written discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying includes electronically transmitted communications, (cyberbullying) e.g., via information technology including, but not limited, to: Internet, cell phone, email, personal digital assistant wireless handheld device, social media, blogs, chat rooms, and gaming systems.
Such behavior includes, but is not limited, to:
- physical violence
- threats, taunts, teasing;
- aggressive or menacing gestures;
- exclusion from peer groups designed to humiliate or isolate;
- using derogatory language;
- making derogatory jokes or name calling or slurs;
- written or graphic material, including graffiti, photographs, drawings, or videos, containing comments that are electronically circulated or are written or printed.
The official liaison to whom reports or allegations should be brought to is Dr. Yali Werzberger Any report can also be brought directly to Principal Joshua Gold.
- Any student who believes that he/she has been the victim of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying by another student should report the incident to one of these liaisons.
- Any staff member who witnesses student-to-student discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying or who has knowledge or information or receives notice that a student may have been the victim of such behavior by another student is required to promptly orally report the alleged act to one of the named liaisons above.
- Parents may report student-to student discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying verbally or in writing to Principal Gold or one of the designated liaisons. Such reports will be handled pursuant to the procedures named in this policy.
Following a report or allegation, Principal Gold or one of the designated liaisons will take the following steps as soon as practicable, but no later than five days after the receipt of the complaint:
- Interview the alleged victim and document the conversation;
- ask the alleged victim to prepare a written statement which includes as much detail as possible, including a description of the behavior, when it took place and who may have witnessed it;
- interview the accused student and advise him/her that if the conduct has occurred, it must cease immediately;
- ask the accused student to prepare a written statement; and
- interview any witnesses and obtain their written statements.
Principal Gold or a designee will also advise the accused student of the allegations.
Following the investigation, the school will determine whether the alleged conduct constitutes a violation of this regulation.
Where appropriate, the complaining student and the accused student will be referred to appropriate HAFTR Middle School staff members for separate counseling.
Where appropriate, the school will attempt to utilize intervention methods, including sensitivity training, counseling, and/or referral to a community-based agency for counseling, support and education.
Students who have been found to have violated HAFTR Middle School's bullying policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including detention, parent conferences, suspension, and expulsion.