Bullying Policy and Complaint Form
Bullying and Violence Prevention Policy
W.A.L.K.S./ W.E.B.S. supports a safe and healthy learning environment in a community that promotes personal values, respect, kindness, and tolerance between learners, parents, teachers, and all school personnel, based on the six Pillars of Character (Character Counts).
Law # 37 of the Department of State approved on the 10th of April of 2008, defines bullying as systematic violent, psychological, physical or sexual actions by a student or group of students against one or more classmates, who are not in a position to defend themselves.
At W.A.L.K.S. we are committed to a bully-free environment. As a necessary condition to avoid risks and to ensure a safe and healthy environment, the practice of physical, verbal, emotional and/or technological abuse (Bullying/Cyber bullying) of one student against another is prohibited. For this reason, the following policies have been established:
Bullying or intimidation toward students, will not be allowed under any circumstances:
During any class, educational activity or at any time including after school.
Through the inappropriate use of some technological equipment on school grounds.
Through technology, even outside of class, but involving the school or a member of the school community
If it is known that a student or group of students is bothering one or more students, an investigation process will be initiated, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
Counseling will be provided to students who are victims of bullying and also to the bullies.
Psychological or psychiatric help may be required for the harassing student.
School staff will endeavor to reintegrate student victims who have been excluded from a group.
Learners may report bullying behavior by:
The Anonymous Reporting Mailbox located near the Guidance and Counseling office (drop off area).
Online Anonymous Reporting Form.
In person to any school personnel/trusted adult.
Individual written report to the Principal or the Counselor.
The W.A.L.K.S./ W.E.B.S. Bullying Prevention Protocol provides additional information, procedures, and strategies for school community. This official document is in the Guidance and Counseling office.