Bullying and Harassment

The Hartford Board of Education is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment free from bullying, harassment and discrimination. In accordance with state law and the Board’s Safe School Climate Plan, the Board expressly prohibits any form of bullying behavior on school grounds; at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program, whether on or off school grounds; at a school bus stop; on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education; or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by Board of Education.

Students who engage in bullying behavior shall be subject to school discipline, up to and including expulsion, in accordance with the Board's policies on student discipline, suspension and expulsion and consistent with state and federal law.

The Board also prohibits any form of bullying behavior outside of the school setting if such bullying (i)creates a hostile environment at school for the student against whom such bullying was directed, (ii)infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying was directed at school, or (iii)substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Discrimination and/or retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in the investigation of an act of bullying is likewise prohibited. Students who engage in bullying behavior shall be subject to school discipline, up to and including expulsion, in accordance with the Board's policies on student discipline, suspension and expulsion and consistent with state and federal law.

For purposes of this policy, “Bullying” means the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same school district, or a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in the same school district, that:
causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property;
places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property;
creates a hostile environment at school for such student;
infringes on the rights of such student at school; or
substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

Bullying shall include, but not be limited to, a written, verbal or electronic communication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics.

For purposes of this policy, "Cyberbullying" means any act of bullying through the use of the
Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cellular mobile telephone or other mobile electronic
devices or any electronic communications. Consistent with the requirements under state law, the Hartford Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent or his/her designee(s), along with the Safe School Climate Coordinator, to be responsible for developing and implementing a Safe School Climate Plan in furtherance of this policy.

Reporting forms for bullying and harassment can be found in the main office and the Pathways website. All reports are confidential and will be investigated by your school’s Title IX coordinator: Dr. Jessica Fitzgerald, Assistant Principal, and can be further investigated by the District Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Kimberly Schulte.

Important Forms to Report Bullying:

Click here for Staff Report

Click here for Student Report

Hartford Public Schools' Climate and Culture Website

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