The Grove School believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment.
The district, schools, and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and
The Grove School will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. A student shall not intimidate, harass, or bully another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes:
The Grove School expects students and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee. Staff who witness such acts take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so.
Each complaint of bullying will be promptly investigated. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, during the lunch period, whether on or off campus, and during a school-sponsored activity.
To ensure bullying does not occur on school campuses, the Grove School provides staff development training in bullying prevention and cultivate acceptance and understanding in all students and staff to build each school’s capacity to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
Teachers discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and should assure them that they need not endure any form of bullying. Students who bully are in violation of this policy and are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
Expectations Regarding Bullying:
The procedures for intervening in bullying behavior include, but are not limited, to the following:
Sexual harassment includes all unwanted, uninvited and non-reciprocal sexual attention as well and any behavior that may lead to the creation of an intimidating, hostile or offensive school or work environment. Sexually suggestive looks or gestures, sexual jokes, pictures or teasing, pressure for dates, demeaning comments, deliberate touching, or attempts to kiss or fondle, threats, demands or suggestions that favors may be granted in exchange for sex or tolerance of sexual advances must be reported immediately.
This includes any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:
The Grove School prohibits sexual harassment of, or by, employees, students, or persons doing business with or for The Grove School. This includes harassment on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression. Failure to follow this policy is a violation of state and federal law.
Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying school personnel are required to take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so.
Reporting such conduct to an administrator or Title IX Coordinator can be an appropriate intervention, although this should not supersede Mandated Reporter requirements if those requirements also apply.
Title IX Coordinator: Connie Brown
Once The Grove School has notice of discriminatory, harassing, intimidating or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, appropriate steps will be taken to investigate and determine what occurred. School personnel are to take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, and prevent the conduct from occurring again. These steps should be taken whether or not an individual makes a complaint or asks the school to take action.
This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance under the jurisdiction of The Grove School. Any student or employee of The Grove School who believes that she or he has been a victim of sexual harassment should bring the problem to the attention of the school administration or the school’s Title IX Coordinator so that appropriate action may be taken to resolve the problem.
The Grove School prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or any participant in the complaint investigation process. Complaints must be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of the parties concerned.
Respect for difference and promotion of diversity are part of The Grove School’s original charter and Montessori theory. In addition, state and federal law prohibits discrimination. The Grove School complies with and supports all state and federal nondiscrimination rules and regulations and does not permit discrimination against students, staff or faculty on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, social and /or economic background. Statements that demean ethnic, religious, gender or racial groups or that tend to provoke a physical response (including gang symbols or insults to a person’s family) will result in disciplinary action. Failure to promote a positive atmosphere of tolerance and nondiscrimination will be seen as a threat to the personal safety of others and will be subject to the same disciplinary action as for assault or fighting.
The Grove School recognizes that many individuals, including students, use social networking and social media. “Social media” means any form of online posting, publication, or presence that allows users to engage in conversations or posting to an audience on that platform. These platforms include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, instant messaging services, comment sections, podcasts and audio sharing, image or video sharing, document sharing and email. Social media also includes all platforms, regardless of their registration procedures, including those that are free or may have ease of registration via email accounts.
Although the school’s regulation of student activities is generally confined to the boundaries of the school, while school is in session or during a school-based or school-sponsored activity, students and their parents/guardians must nevertheless be aware that inappropriate behavior at student activities can and will be given consequences by school staff, if warranted, even though the conduct occurred off school premises, not on school-time, through the use of a personally-owned computer or other device, and/or on a non-school-owned or operated Internet or social networking site.
Please also be aware of the Grove School Policies regarding social networking and social media:
The Grove School includes age appropriate lessons regarding responsible internet use, including bullying and cyberbullying, into its overall curriculum and trains its staff regarding policies each year. These efforts will hopefully curtail harmful behavior, but the Grove School has a responsibility to step in when it is appropriate to do so. The potential consequence for a violation of the Grove School’s Bullying Policy via Social Media is dependent upon the nature of the posting and the severity of the offense. If the posting constitutes a serious offense such as, but not limited to, bullying or cyber-bullying, harassing or intimidating any member of the school community, or threatening students or school personnel with assault then an appropriate consequence may be imposed, including referral to law enforcement officials.
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