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Parents » Bullying Intervention

Bullying Intervention

Dear Parents/Guardians:

At Carl Sandburg Middle School, bullying of any kind, by any person, is unacceptable. Learning occurs best when student are free from worries about being bullied. Students at Carl Sandburg are engaged in learning how to appropriately interact with their peers. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the District 75's and Carl Sandburg Middle School's anti-bullying program and to encourage you to help us prevent and identify students who are being bullied.

 

The School Board policy on bullying begins with this goals statement:

Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors is an important District goal.

 

Bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

  1. Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
  2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
  3. Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance.
  4. Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
 

Bullying, intimidation, and/or harassment may take various forms, including without limitation: threats, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. Carl Sandburg Middle School staff members are trained to respond immediately and with compassion to a student who reports bullying or school violence. Upon a student reporting being bullied, intimidated or harassed to a staff member, the staff member will investigate and determine if an immediate office referral is needed. The staff member will give the student the District form: 7:180-AP1, E5 Report Form for Bullying and school violence (see below). The staff member, social worker, or counselor will inform you whenever your child is involved in a bullying report.

 

At Carl Sandburg Middle School staff and administrators regularly ask for feedback and concerns specifically regarding locations that may be bullying, intimidation, or harassment hot spots needing additional supervision or monitoring or if there are any known bullies or targets of bullying in the building. As parents you may discuss information with your child that they have not chosen to share at school. Please inform a Sandburg staff member if you know of any bullying hot spots in or around our school, or if you are aware of a known bully or target of bullying, intimidation or harassment.

 

Finally, Carl Sandburg staff members are to intervene immediately to stop a bullying, intimidation or harassment. CSMS Staff will immediately contact building security and/or law enforcement if the incident involves a weapon or other illegal activity.

Below are some of the signs that a young person may be being bullied, intimidated or harassed:

  • Does not want to go to school and refuses to explain the reason
  • Talks about not having any friends
  • Has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches, or abrasions
  • Has unexplained damage to clothing, possessions, books, etc.
  • Frequently loses money or possessions
  • Loses interest in school and/or has declining grades
  • Becomes withdrawn and/or has stress or depression symptoms

These signs do not necessarily mean your child is being bullied, intimidated or harassed but if present, ask your child whether he or she is being bullied, intimidated or harassed. If your child's response concerns you or your child states they are being bullied, intimidated or harassed, please let a Sandburg staff member know. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Mark Pilut