ANTI-BULLYING AND HARRASSMENT
It is the policy of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools to prohibit bullying and harassment of any person on school property, at school sponsored functions or by the use of electronic technology at a public school. It is also the policy of Queen Anne’s Count Public Schools to prohibit reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report acts of bullying and harassment or who are victims, witnesses, bystanders, or others with reliable information about an act of bullying and harassment.
Queen Anne’s County Public Schools defines bullying, harassment and intimidation as intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, or written conduct or an intentional electronic communication that is repeated over time, creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well being and is:
1. Motivated by an actual or a perceived personal characteristic including race, national
origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry,
physical attributes, socioeconomic status, familial status, or physical or mental ability or
2. Threatening or seriously intimidating; and
3. Occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or,
4. Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school.
“Electronic communication” means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.”
Any student committing acts of bullying, harassment and intimidation, or engaging in reprisal and retaliation, or any person found to have made false accusations will receive an appropriate consequence and/or intervention. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences and interventions for the aforementioned behaviors can range from parent/student conference to expulsion from school.
The Queen Anne’s County Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation reporting form can be found online BHIform.qacps.org
Each school should also have copies in the main office and the counseling offices.
What do I do if my child has been bullied at school?
1. Talk to your child and get as much information as you can about the situation.
2. Complete a Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation, Reporting form either online or by using the printed form and return this to the school
3. Report this information to the school administration and set up a meeting to discuss the situation.