BULLYING PREVENTION INFO
The purpose of the Bullying Prevention and Intervention procedure is to help students, parents and staff understand the specifics of the Taft School District 90 reporting procedures and form.
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WHAT ARE THE RULES IN SCHOOL DISTRICT 90 WHICH PROHIBIT BULLYING? DOES IT INCLUDE ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?
Taft School District 90 prohibit bullying (including cyberbullying):
At school and at all school facilities
At school-sponsored or school-related functions, whether on or off school grounds
On school buses
Through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, licensed or used by a school; and
At non-school-related location and through non-school technology or electronic devices, if the bullying affects the school environment
Encouraging others to target a student with any of the behaviors listed above is may also be considered bullying.
Taft School District 90 strives to have an appropriate learning environment geared towards teaching and learning where everyone treats each other with the respect they deserve. We recognize that students sometimes need help learning how to be respectful and to treat each other with dignity which is why we instituted our new PBIS program.
We believe the best way to keep kids safe at school is to foster an environment where kids are part of the solution. We recognize that students need the ability to report unsafe situations both in person but also anonymously, if necessary, which is why we are excited to inform you that Taft School District 90 has launched the STOPit app!
STOPit! is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying and cyber abuse, consisting of an app and a back-end incident management system (DOCUMENTit!) for school administrators.
This app will empower students to stand up for themselves and one another. Students will have the power to help put an end to harmful and inappropriate behavior they see online through social media and other means. STOPit! has been purchased for students in Grade K through Grade 8.
WHAT IS STOPIT?
STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our schools the insight we need to keep students safe.
With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called DOCUMENTit. DOCUMENTit provides efficient and powerful investigative tools to our staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which will allow us to address issues instantly.
STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. STOPit will also help us go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it. As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, we are taking a proactive step to empower our students to become Upstanders in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable. We believe our adoption of STOPit is an important step in our continued effort to provide a positive school climate and a safe learning environment for our students.