Every student has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others. Scottsdale Unified School District and its Governing Board are committed to providing a learning environment that is free from harassment or bullying in any form.
All individuals associated with this district including, but not limited to, administration, employees, students, and members of the public while on campus, are expected to conduct themselves at all times so as to provide a working and educational atmosphere free from harassment.
Arizona School Boards Association Policy on bullying (JICK)
SUSD is committed to:
- Providing information and continuous training for its administrators and staff members through regular meetings to ensure that they understand the policy and its importance.
- Making all faculty members, staff members, students, and parents aware of this policy and the commitment of the District toward its strict enforcement.
- Remaining watchful for conditions that create or may lead to a hostile or offensive school environment.
- Establishing programs and practices designed to create a school and working environment free from discrimination and harassment.
Importance of understanding the definition and signs:
Bullying is an aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, kicking, threatening others, teasing, name-calling, excluding others from a group or sending mean notes or e-mails.
What to do if your child is being bullied:
Focus on your child. Be supportive and gather information about bullying. Contact your child’s teacher or principal.
Help your child become more resilient to bullying by:
• Developing talents or positive attributes of your child
• Meeting new friends outside of the school environment
• Teaching your child safety strategies
Process for Reporting
It is important to immediately report bullying to school administration— A reporting form is available at each school campus and online.
How Parents Can Help:
• Monitor your child’s participation in social media engagement
• Talk to your child about respect and responsibility
How Students Can Help
• Report anonymously to someone who you can trust and who can help—administrator, counselor, teacher or parent.