NGHE'S POLICY ON BULLYING AND HARASSMENT
This policy covers conduct that takes place on the premises of NGHE, currently conducted at North Lanier Baptist Church in Cumming, Ga. It also covers conduct which occurs at any NGHE-sponsored activity, regardless of location. This policy also pertains to usage of electronic technology and electronic communication that occurs at/during NGHE programs and at NGHE-sponsored functions and activities, and on computers, networks, forums, and mailing lists used at any NGHE-sponsored activity, including the NGHE Facebook Page. This policy applies to the entire NGHE community, including teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents and volunteers.
This policy may be revised at any time and is reviewed by the administration prior to the beginning of each semester. The policy will be posted on our website for all teachers, families and volunteers to read before the semester begins.
Bullying: “Bullying” means written, verbal or physical conduct that adversely affects the ability of one or more people to participate in or benefit from NGHE’s educational programs or activities by placing the person(s) in reasonable fear of physical or psychological harm. This includes conduct that is based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion or any other distinguishing characteristics.
Harassment: “Harassment” means written, verbal or physical conduct that adversely affects the ability of one or more people to participate in or benefit from NGHE’s educational programs or activities because the conduct is so severe, persistent or pervasive. This includes conduct that is based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion or any other distinguishing characteristics.
The following is a partial list of bullying/harassment behaviors that will not be tolerated:
*Verbal Bullying, which can include teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm, and any deliberate, continual, degrading remarks about another person’s character or physical appearance in a manner that does not reflect respect for the individual.
*Social Bullying, which involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationship by such things as leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone, and embarrassing someone in public.
*Physical Bullying, which involves hurting a person’s body or personal belongings by such things as hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things and making mean or rude hand gestures.
*Cyber Bullying, which involves the use of electronic information and communication devices to willfully and repeatedly harm either a person or persons through the medium of electronic text, photos, or videos. Examples of this behavior include but are not limited to: sending false, cruel, vicious messages, creating websites that have stories, cartoons, pictures, and jokes ridiculing others, breaking into an email account and sending vicious or embarrassing materials to others, engaging someone in electronic communication, tricking that person into revealing sensitive personal information and forwarding that information to others, and/or posting of a student’s picture without their permission.
REPORTING BULLYING AND HARASSMENT
All allegations of bullying or harassment should be reported as soon as is reasonably possible. The incident should be reported to a staff member and by filling out an incident report found here: https://nghe.wufoo.com/forms/m1030na711k1vnx/. Our team members will investigate the allegation as soon as possible and will determine what action to take. (Actions are described below in the section on Discipline and Remediation). We will be responsible for doing everything, within reason, to resolve the situation.
People who file false reports of bullying or harassment will be subject to disciplinary action.
RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENTS AND MEMBER FAMILIES
Any student or parent who observes an act of bullying or harassment should report the bullying or harassment to a staff member and fill out an incident report.
TEACEHRS AND STAFF
All staff members, including teachers, will take reasonable measures to prevent bullying and harassment and are obligated to report any such acts that come to their attention. Staff members are expected to take action whenever they observe bullying, harassment, physical violence or hate language.
Retaliation or threats of retaliation meant to intimidate the victim of bullying or harassment or toward those investigating the incident will not be tolerated.
INVESTIGATION OF BULLYING OR HARASSMENT
Once reported, any allegation of bullying or harassment will be promptly investigated by the administration. Disciplinary or other action will be taken immediately following the conclusion of the investigation.
DISCIPLINE AND REMEDIATION
We believe that enforcement of anti-bullying policies should ideally focus on education and prevention rather than exclusionary discipline. When all parties to the incident are amenable, mediation may be used as an alternative to, or in addition to, disciplinary action. The decision as to whether mediation or disciplinary action is used is at the discretion of the administration, and depends on the severity of the incident and the safety and feelings of all involved.
Disciplinary actions for bullying and harassment may include, but are not limited to:
*Notification of parents
*The requirement of parental supervision during one or more class(es)
*The requirement of constant parental supervision while at NGHE
*Loss of the right to attend one or more class(es)
*Loss of the right to attend NGHE and NGHE-sponsored activities
Please note that if your child is expelled from NGHE or if you choose to remove your child from NGHE for any reason, the parent/s will not receive a refund of any kind and is still 100% responsible for any balance owing for the rest of the semester. Our goal is that consequences should be consistent, reasonable, fair, age-appropriate and that they match the severity of the incident.