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BULLYING (Superintendent Directive #D5171)

The following directive has been established by the school board of Blue River Valley School Corporation regarding bullying.


I. Policy Statement

The school board of Blue River Valley School Corporation prohibits acts of bullying of a student. The school board has determined that a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards.  


Bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students in a safe and disciplined environment. Since students learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior; treating others with civility and respect; and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation or bullying.


II. Definitions


1. Bullying

a. As defined by the school corporation, bullying means aggressive behaviors that involve unwanted negative actions that are repeated over time and involve an imbalance of power.


b. As defined by IC 20-33-8-0.2, “bullying” means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:


i.  Places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student’s person or property;


ii.  Has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;


iii. Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or


iv. Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.


c. This term may not be interpreted to impose any burden or sanction on, or include in the definition of the term, the following:

i.  Participating in a religious event.


ii.  Acting in an emergency involving the protection of a person or property from an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or substantial danger.


iii. Participating in an activity consisting of the exercise of a student’s rights protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or Article I, Section 31 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana, or both.


iv. Participating in an activity conducted by a nonprofit or governmental entity that provides recreation, education, training, or other care under the supervision of one or more adults.


v. Participating in an activity undertaken at the prior written direction of the student’s parent.


vi. Engaging in interstate or international travel from a location outside Indiana to another location outside Indiana.


Everyone within the Blue River Valley School Corporation is expected to treat others with dignity and respect at all times.


Bullying in any form or manner is prohibited and will not be tolerated in our schools. All acts of bullying as defined by law will be reported to the staff or administration. All incidences will be fully investigated and handled on a case by case basis. Incidences of bullying may be reported on-line by going to the corporation website and clicking on the “reportbullying.com” icon.



Adoption of Discipline Rules

Indiana Code 20-33-8-0.2


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