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