All students have the right to attend a school that provides a safe and secure learning environment. It is the intent of Nazareth Academy Grade School to provide all students with an equitable opportunity to learn. To that end, the Grade School has a significant interest in providing a safe, orderly, and respectful school environment that is conducive to learning and teaching.
Bullying is detrimental to the school environment and student learning, achievement and well-being. It interferes with the mission of the school to educate their student and disrupts the operation of the school. Bullying affects not only students who are targets but also those who participate and witness such behavior. These behavior must be addressed to ensure student safety and a productive learning environment.
The following behaviors are prohibited:
3. Harassment and sexual harassment
4. Retaliation against those reporting such behaviors
5. Knowing and false accusations of bullying behavior
Any person who engages in any of these behaviors that constitutes bullying shall be subject to consequences.
“Bullying” includes but is not limited to a written, oral or electronic expression or physical act or gesture or any combination thereof directed at a student or students.
A) Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property.
B) Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to student’s property.
C) Creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment for the student.
D) Interfering with the students’ academic performances or ability to participate in services, activities or privileges.
1. Repeated or pervasive taunting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, putdowns or demeaning humor.
2. Behavior that is intended to harm someone by damaging or manipulating relations with others including gossip, spreading rumors and social exclusion.
3. Repeated nonverbal threats or intimidations
4. Repeated threats to harm a student, his possessions or relations whether verbally or in writing.
5. Blackmail, extortion
6. Blocking access to school
7. Stealing, hiding books, backpacks or other possessions
“Cyberbullying” means bullying through the use of any the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
1. Posting slurs or rumors or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate disparaging, violent, abusive, profane or sexually oriented material about a student on a device or social media.
2. Posting misleading or fake photographs.
3. Impersonating or representing another student through e-mails, text messages, instant messages or phone calls.
4. Sending e-mails, text messages, IM or leaving voice messages that are mean, threatening or numerous.
5. Using a camera phone or digital video to take or send pictures/videos without the permission of the child’s parents.
This policy applies to bullying that takes place:
On school grounds, building, property.
During a sports related activity or event.
During transportation to school, to a sports related event, school activity, program, instructions, training. If situations occur outside this realm, it is parents’ responsibility.
Faculty, staff, coaches and advisors are required to report incidents of bullying to the school principal or whoever is designated.
Students who have been bullied, or are aware of incidents, are strongly encouraged to inform the principal or whoever is designated.
Parents and other adults who are aware of incidents are encouraged to report the behavior to the principal.
Any reprisal or retaliation is prohibited.
False accusation of a bullying incident shall be subject to disciplinary consequences.
School Principal or designee will:
The first time the principal/designee will investigate and if necessary respond to allegations.
A written documentation of all allegations will be kept.
The second time, the principal/designee will contact the parent.
The third time, there will be a meeting with student and parents. Counseling, anger management and intervention will follow.
The fourth time, the student will have in-school detention for two days.
If a fifth incident occurs, the student will be permanently removed from the school.
The school reserves the right to contact law enforcement for any incident determined to warrant such involvement.
To ensure order, to safeguard the rights of others, and to promote academic honesty, cooperation and understanding, a school needs certain rules and regulations.
Given the changing morals and values in our society, the administration and faculty see the need to encourage honesty, honor, and integrity in the daily life of each student. Therefore, it is deemed necessary to implement policies regarding cheating, inappropriate language, relational aggression, ill use of devices of any kind and cyber bullying. Bullying is far more serious than just name-calling and teasing. It also includes all forms of harassment, physical injury, inappropriate use of technology and even death threats. and cyber bullying. Bullying is far more serious than just name-calling and teasing. The school has a “no tolerance” policy for bullying that includes observations of teachers, attempts to correct the behavior, meetings with the student and with his/her parents and counseling that parents would be asked to pursue if the Academy deems it necessary.
“For The Love of the Child”
The English word “discipline” comes from disciple, which meant “learner” to ancient Latin speakers. In the family and school context, child discipline is a process which generally aims to promote school and home order and harmony and to teach young people how to conduct themselves so that they can be the best they can be.
Here at Nazareth Academy Grade School, we hope to reach these goals:
To teach each child that his/her actions have consequences which he/she is responsible for and can control.
To help maintain order, harmony and security in school.
To enhance the self and mutual respect for children and teacher.
To protect the child, property and others from harm.
To model how teachers lovingly guide, protect and care for children.
To show the child that people have limits as to what they will tolerate and what happens when these limits are exceeded .
Disciplining to teach, guide and protect instills in the child positive self-worth and security. The child perceives “You care enough to endure my complaints respectfully and you will guard me and I am safe”.
We try to be totally fair but it is inevitable that we will not be in others estimation.
- Keep clear on our main priorities
- Are as consistent as we can
- Are flexible to adapt to new situations
- Are caring teachers, not buddies
- See mistakes as changes to learn and improve
- Use students’ complaints as chances to learn what is needed and to teach children how to problem solve effectively....... All for the love of the child.