What is Bullying?
Bullying, as defined in the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that:
Safe Learning Environment
The Chelmsford Public Schools maintain a comfortable atmosphere where students feel supported in their educational pursuits and where new beginnings are encouraged. We are committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment that is free from bullying. This commitment is an integral part of the Chelmsford Public Schools comprehensive efforts to promote learning, eliminate all forms of violent, harmful and disruptive behavior, and enable students to achieve their personal and academic potential.
When your child has been a victim of bullying, it’s natural to want to know exactly what will happen to the child who bullied him or her. You may feel that the educator or administrator is avoiding your questions or protecting the bully. In fact, they are simply following the law. Educators in the United States must obey the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This act strongly affects schools and disciplinary procedures against minor students. One effect of this act is to make school records, including discipline, a private matter. That means a school is prohibited from sharing any information in a student’s record – including disciplinary information – to a third party. The result of this is that you cannot expect a school official to tell you how they have disciplined a student, even if your child was directly victimized by that student.
Aggressor is a student who engages in bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation.
Cyberbullying is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers, and the Internet. It includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages, text messages, and Internet postings.
Hostile environment is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of a student’s education.
Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.
Staff includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, or paraprofessionals.
Target is a student against whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated.
This form is available online (see above). If you would like to fill it out on paper, please download this word document, fill it out, and deliver it to the school. Thank you.
PRIDE: Bullying prevention in the chelmsford public schools