High achievement and success of the students of the Clayton County Public Schools is incumbent upon a harassment and bully-free learning environment. Behavior that can be reasonably defined and viewed as bullying result in a classroom and school setting that is hostile and not conducive to the "teaching-learning" process. Therefore, implementation of the bullying policy of the Clayton County Board of Education shall be in accordance with these guidelines and procedures. These guidelines apply to students on school grounds, while traveling on a school bus to and from school or a school-sponsored activity and during a school-sponsored activity.
No student shall bully another student or students. All students and/or staff are expected to immediately report known incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation to the school principal or designee. Any teacher or other school employee, student, parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a student is to report or otherwise provide information on bullying activity. Any teacher or other school employee who, in the exercise of his or her personal judgment and discretion, believes he or she has reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to suspect that someone is a target of bullying is to immediately report it to the school administration. School staff members are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur.
Any report will be appropriately investigated by the administration based on the nature of the complaint in a timely manner to determine whether bullying has occurred, whether there are other procedures related to illegal harassment or discrimination that should be implemented and what other steps should be taken. Any report of retaliation for reporting bullying will also be investigated and addressed as called for in this policy and in accordance with school procedures.
Any student who engages in bullying activity (including any form of electronic bullying, or “cyberbullying”, using school equipment, school networks, e-mail systems or committed at school) shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Disciplinary action as established in District’s Student Code of Conduct shall be taken after each incident of bullying upon a finding of guilt. Disciplinary action for incidents of bullying may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Loss of a privilege
- Reassignment of seats in the classroom, cafeteria or school bus
- Reassignment of classes
- In-school suspension
- Out-of-school suspension
- Expulsion (through appropriate due process hearing)
- Assignment to an alternative school (through appropriate due process hearing)
If necessary, counseling and other interventions should also be provided to address the social-emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students who are victims of bullying and students who commit an offense of bullying.
Students, parents/guardians and other stakeholders may report incidents of bullying to an administrator, teacher, counselor or other staff member by using the school district’s complaint procedures or by calling the Georgia Department of Education’s 1-877 SAY-STOP (1-877-729-7867) School Safety Hotline. (anonymously). No person who reports bullying behavior will be retaliated against by any school employee. Students who retaliate against others for reports of bullying behavior are subject to discipline which may include strong enhanced penalties. Students who knowingly file a false report of bullying will also be disciplined.
Access to this rule and the authoritative policy prohibiting bullying shall be available to all staff, students, and their parents at the beginning of the school year as part of the student code of conduct.