Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy

It is the policy of SAGE Academy School District #4087 School Board  to maintain a learning and work environment that is free from harassment, bullying or violence including, but not limited to: religious, racial, sexual, gender, gender identification, sexual preference, national origin, disability, academic, or socio-economic.  It shall be a violation for any student or staff member of the District  to harass or inflict violence upon a student or staff member through conduct or communication as defined by this policy. Bullying/harassment constitutes any action that makes another person uncomfortable. This includes cyber bullying which makes a student or staff uncomfortable and affects their safety and learning environment. Employees or students can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal.  A student or staff member will be warned to discontinue behavior that causes another discomfort; if they choose to continue, they will face consequences which may include detention, suspension, expulsion, loss of job, Board position, or other appropriate discipline. Flagrant bullying/harassment may result in immediate suspension while the facts are being gathered. Any action deemed detrimental to surrounding students’ academic performance will be handled by the staff overseeing the students.

SAGE Academy will act promptly to investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of bullying/harassment and to discipline any student or staff member who harasses a student or staff member of SAGE Academy School District #4087. Complaints should be addressed in written form to any member of the SAGE Leadership Team; all complaints will be handled in a timely and confidential manner.  A complete copy of Policy # 514 Anti-bullying/Harassment, is on file at SAGE Academy  and is included in the SAGE Student/Family Handbook.

Any occurrence of bullying, harassment, violence, including cyber bullying; should be reported directly to a school staff person or administrator. Any staff person should immediately notify a member of the Leadership Team who will investigate the complaint.  An appropriate course of disciplinary action will be taken.  As previously mentioned, consequences may include a warning, detention, parent conference, restorative justice process, suspension, expulsion, job loss and/or police involvement.     

Racial and Religious Harassment is defined as being any comment, gesture, joke, language, or behavior displayed in any manner that draws attention to racial, religious or cultural differences in a demeaning, disrespectful, or offensive manner.

Sexual Harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.  Spreading sexual rumors, sexual name-calling, sexual jokes/cartoons/pictures, homophobic remarks and/or statements, inappropriate patting or pinching, intentional brushing against one’s body, pressure for sexual activity and/or any unwelcome discussion that is sexual in nature:  all of the above examples are sexual harassment.

Sexual Violence is a physical act of aggression or assault upon another person that includes a sexual act or sexual purpose or other illegal or inappropriate sexual conduct.

Guidelines for Behavior Regarding Harassment/Bullying:

To know the difference between behavior that is acceptable and behavior that constitutes harassment, remember these guidelines:

*Be aware of the difference between the intent of your behavior and the impact of your behavior.

*Be sure that there is equal initiation and participation when you interact with others.

*Treat people as they would like to be treated, not as you think they would  like to be treated.

*Do not use words and/or gestures that are unkind, uninvited, unwanted, uncomfortable, offensive, and derogatory.

*Cyber-bullying of SAGE students or staff is considered harassment whether the bullying is committed on or off campus and will be dealt with as the above guidelines dictate.

HARASSMENT IS ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR

The law says that everyone has a right to feel safe and respected and not be harassed at work or school.

Harassment means:

Behavior or words of a “put down” nature that is not welcome which pressure or intimidate you or make you uncomfortable at school, school activities or at work that affect your education or job in a bad way.

Some examples of harassment are:

Sexual or dirty jokes, rating books

Sexual gestures, comments

Displaying pornographic or sexually explicit materials

Whistling or catcalls

Name-calling

Rumors

The law says that everyone has a right to feel safe and respected and not be harassed at work or school.

It also requires that your school or work must investigate and take timely and appropriate corrective action in harassment cases.

These are only a few examples.  If you feel you have been harassed you should talk to someone at school you know such as a teacher, administrator, nurse, or secretary.  If it occurs at another location, tell a parent or work supervisor. All schools have a harassment policy and must investigate.

DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the School Board of SAGE Academy School District No. 4087 to comply with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination to the end that no person protected by such law shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, age or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any education program or in employment, or recruitment, consideration, or selection, therefore full time or part time under any education program or activity operated by the district for which it received federal financial assistance.

Any student of SAGE Academy School District No. 4087 who feels he/she has been discriminated against in violation of the District’s non-discrimination policy may avail himself/herself of filing the grievance with a Staff member.