Prohibiting Harrassment, Intimidation and Bullying

PROHIBITING HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING

The Albany County School District One (ACSD1) is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers, and patrons free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. Albany County School District One prohibits harassment, intimidation or bullying of students at school. “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” is defined as any intentional gesture, or any intentional electronic communication, or any intentional written, verbal or physical act initiated, occurring or received at school that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:

• Harming a student physically or emotionally, damaging a student’s property or
placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage;

• Insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the schools; or

• Creating an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student or group of students through sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive behavior.” (W.W. 21-4-312)

Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral or physical actions. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s). “School” includes a classroom or other location on school premises, a school bus or other school-related vehicle, a school bus stop, an activity or event sponsored by a school, whether or not it is held on school premises, and any other program or function where the school is responsible for the child (21-4-311 (a)(i)(C)(ii)). (In the event of any ambiguity, this policy should be interpreted in conformity with the Wyoming Safe School Climate Act W.S. 21-4-311 through 21-4-315.)

The district’s complete policy can be accessed on the district’s website at www.acsd1.org.

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

Personnel in all of our schools make every effort to work cooperatively with parents for the good behavior, positive social growth and well-being of your children. We appreciate your support. Expectations and consequences may vary slightly among elementary schools. Specific expec-tations/consequences are listed in individual elementary school handbooks.

Generally, the following will apply:

Discipline procedures may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more or a combination of the following:

1. Student/teacher/monitor conference
2. Student/teacher/parent conference
3. Student/teacher/principal conference
4. Letter or phone call to parents from student, teacher, or principal
5. Student/teacher/principal/parent conference

Consequences may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more or a combination of the following:

1. Loss of classroom or other school privileges
2. Loss of recess times – including lunch recess
3. In-class time before and/or after school
4. Letter or phone call to parents from student, teacher, or principal
5. Loss of school-wide privileges
6. In-office time before, during, and/or after school

Consequences for more serious offenses may consist of, but not be limited to, one or more of the following:

*More serious offenses:
1. In-School Suspension: Student is removed from the classroom but stays at school, for a short period of time (up to 2 days).

2. Out-of-School Suspension: Student is sent to the ACES Program or home because of a major offense. The suspension can be for 1-10 days and determined by the Principal.

Note: Albany County Expelled and Suspended Student Program (ACES): ACES is aimed at youth who are educationally at risk due to suspension/expulsion. The program will help students stay on track scholastically, while providing support to the family.

3. Expulsion from School: Student is entitled to a hearing before the Albany County School District One Board of Education to determine if the expulsion is approved and, if so, the length of expulsion. ACES is a possibility for expelled students.

More serious offenses will include, but not be limited to: Fighting, physical or verbal harassment, bullying, stealing, extortion, willful disobedience, possession or use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol, possession of weapons, fireworks, and vandalism. A Laramie City Ordinance prohibits the throwing of snowballs or rocks inside the city limits. We will help enforce the ordinance on the school grounds. In the interest of safety, we ask that you caution your child against throwing snowballs or other objects. In these cases, children will be sent immediately to the principal. In all cases, consequences are at the discretion of the administration.

Corporal punishment (spanking) shall not be administered to a student. School employees may defend themselves if attacked by a student and may remove a student against his/her will where his/her continued presence endangers, or is extremely disruptive to others.

For further, more detailed information, please ask the principal for a copy of the District’s policy on discipline, suspension, and expulsion from Albany County School District One contained in the By-Laws and Policies of the Board of Education or the District’s website at www.acsd1.org.

Safe Schools Climates Act – Wyoming Statutes 21-4-311 through 315

ACSD#1 ByLaws and Policies

Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Chapter VI, Section 38

Complaints/grievance Resolution Procedure, Chapter VIII, Section 6

Title IX Policies; Student Grievance Procedure, Chapter X, Section 3