Anti-Bullying Policy

“Bullying is unfair and one sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.”

 

Cragmont and the Berkeley Unified School District believe every student and staff member has the right to a safe and secure school environment, free of humiliation, intimidation, fear, harassment, or any form of bullying behavior.

Cragmont has a zero tolerance policy for bullying.

Recent Initiatives

At the beginning of March, Cragmont started a school-wide anti-bullying awareness program.  A school assembly, which included skits, songs, and real-world stories, focused on recognizing what type of behavior is considered to be bullying behavior.  In the weeks that follow, students will learn what actions to take, how to be assertive instead of aggressive, and how to be an ally/mediator.

Tips for Parents and Students

Here are some tips to help you in your discussion with your children about bullying.

To help your child recognize bullying, have him/her ask:

  • Is it fair?
  • Is it one sided?
  • Is someone using power in a hurtful way?
  • How does it feel?
  • If your child is still unsure, ask an adult.

Some young children may become anxious about remembering being bullied, so please assure your child that we will be learning how to help everyone recognize and prevent this type of behavior.  We are also emphasizing that the solution is not to be aggressive but to be assertive, and that being an ally does not mean, in turn, ganging up on the bully.  Typically, a bully has a story we have not heard or understood.

BUSD Anti-Bullying Board Policy

BUSD has adopted policies, practices, and procedures designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment, as well as address incidents when they occur. You can download the BUSD Board Policy 5131.2 Anti-Bullying document below:

 BUSD Anti-Bullying Policy – Jan 2012

Additional BUSD resources are available at http://www.berkeleyschools.net/school-board/policies/.

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