Bullying

The Appleton Area School District (AASD) is committed to providing students with a safe, secure, and healthy school environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential.

The Board of Education considers bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process and is prohibited. Education, intervention, awareness, and prevention exists for staff and students to ensure a learning environment that is free of bullying or intimidation.

To report an incident of bullying behavior, please complete the Bullying Allegation Report Form and submit to the appropriate building administrator/designee.

Fillable Bullying Allegation Report Form (.pdf)

Bullying Allegation Report Form (.doc)

Bully Prevention Letter to Parents 2016

Bullying Policy - 443.71​

What is bullying?

Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm. Bullying includes aggressive and hostile behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the bullied and is behavior that is repeated over time rather than an isolated incident.

This behavior may include but is not limited to physical and verbal assaults, nonverbal or emotional threats or intimidation, harassment, social exclusion and isolation, extortion, use of computer or telecommunications to send messages that are embarrassing, slanderous, threatening or intimidating (cyber-bullying).

Bullying may also include teasing, put-downs, name calling, rumors, false accusations, and hazing. Bullying based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in its education programs or activities is also prohibited by law and Board policy.

What are students learning about bullying and prevention? 

The AASD curriculum provides students guidelines for school wide expectations and social responsibility outside the classroom. Students are taught the Stop/Walk/ Talk response to disrespectful behavior and practice the skills through role play. 

Stop/Walk/and Talk is a three step response students use to eliminate disrespectful behavior themselves and seek help from an adult if necessary. Students are also taught how to appropriately respond when they are a bystander or the aggressor and practice these skills in groups. The groups address the issues involved with gossiping, inappropriate remarks, and cyber-bullying in each of the roles. The middle school curriculum also provides guidelines for school wide expectations and social responsibility outside the classroom but places more emphasis on addressing cyber-bullying.

Are staff trained?

Staff have participated in Bullying Prevention training. This training focuses on pre-correction of inappropriate behavior, rewarding the use of the three step response, and responding to reports of disrespectful behavior.

It is well known that schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen, it is imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive to growth. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations, it is our goal to create an atmosphere for learning.

Reporting a bullying/harassment incident?

The Bullying Behavior Report Form will be used for written reporting. Reports of bullying will be investigated promptly. The individuals involved will be informed of the process and outcome. 443.71 (cont.)

The District will also keep data on the number and types of reports made under this policy. The results of each investigation will verify the details made in the complaint. In addition, an annual record of all sanctions will be kept. No individuals will be named in the annual report and the data will be used to develop prevention programs and strategies relative to the policy.

Disclosure and Public Reporting

Appleton Area School District schools will distribute this policy annually to all students enrolled in the District, their parents, and/or guardians and employees. The District will provide a copy of the policy to anyone who requests it.

Reports of bullying may be made verbally or in writing and may be made confidentially. All such reports, whether verbal or in writing, will be taken seriously and a clear account of the incident is to be documented. 


Tip Line - Direct to School Building Administrators

The district also offers an anonymous tip-line that can be accessed via our district and school websites to report any incidences. The district is committed to ensuring the safety of each and every student and adult associated with our school. Many instances arise where a student may be aware of a dangerous and/or illegal situation or bullying and/or harassment they are uncomfortable with, but do not know what to do about reporting the situation.

This is a confidential tip line that is monitored during school day hours (7 a.m. - 4 p.m.). There is no way to trace these submissions. If you have something that needs to be brought to the attention of administration but you wish to remain anonymous, please use the links below.

Einstein
Madison
Kaleidoscope
Wilson

Central
East 
North
West


What can parents do?

To be most effective, bullying prevention efforts are the shared responsibility of parents, staff, and community. Parental pride and involvement in the school sets a positive example for children. As adults, we can:

  • Teach self-respect
  • Discuss the seriousness and negative effects of bullying behaviors
  • Work together with your child’s school to develop a consistent approach to bullying behaviors
  • Set a good example. Children learn more by actions than from words


Resources

Bullying Prevention Resources

Act Now! Bullying Prevention

National Bullying Prevention Center Resources

StopBullying.gov

DPI Brochure for Parents

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