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How to Report Bullying at Hays CISD
If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed the bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, counselor, principal, or another district employee as soon as possible. Parents are also strongly encouraged to contact their child’s school if he or she reports bullying to you. The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and will take appropriate disciplinary action if an investigation indicates that bullying has occurred. Bullying may also be reported using the Hays Hopeline.
What is Bullying?
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:
1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or
2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
This conduct is considered bullying if it:
1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
Examples: Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor spreading, or ostracism.
Bullying is Not Tolerated in Hays CISD
Disciplinary, or other action, may be taken even if the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying. Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.
HAYS CISD believes in being proactive by addressing bullying, harassment and dating violence in a variety of ways. In addition to implementing a Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports System (PBIS) and CHAMPS at all campuses, a number of character education programs are taught by the school counselors throughout the year.
Hays CISD is also proud that every campus, and the district as a whole, have earned the "No Place For Hate" designation.
Read the Hays CISD policy against bullying. [FFI (Legal and Local)]