Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
The Camas School District is committed to providing a quality education for all those students who we are entrusted to by our community. As part of that commitment to quality education, the Camas School District will strive to provide a safe and respectful environment to all. School Board Policy 3207- Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB,) addresses one area of our commitment to quality education. This HIB policy specifically defines harassment, intimidation and bullying as ‘any intentionally’ written message or image, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, skin color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical ability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the act:
- Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s education; or
- Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
In addition to defining the characteristics of HIB, the Camas School Board Policy 3207 specifically addresses the steps that the school personnel and administration shall take to address the prevention, reporting, investigation and outcome of any accusation of harassment, intimidation or bullying in the school setting or at school sponsored events. Click here for details on Steps for Addressing Bullying in the Camas School District.
If you suspect that your student is a victim of harassment, intimidation or bullying please contact the principal of your child’s school to discuss your concerns. You may complete (or be asked to complete) the Camas School District Alleged HIB Incident Report Form prior to meeting with the administration of your child’s school.
Things that you can do now for your children are important for prevention and self advocacy. First of all encourage your child to talk about their day at school. If you suspect that your child is under stress from peers, encourage them to talk about it. Research supports that children are often reluctant to talk about bullying because they fear that adults will not believe them. Assure them that their school has procedures in place to help end this stressful experience and that they can report what is happening to a counselor, teacher or principal they most trust. All of the staff know and understand that there are steps in place to investigate and ultimately resolve these situations. For more information on what you can do to assist your child and increase your knowledge on this topic can be found in the resources section below.
The Camas School District is committed to the quality education of your child. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying have no place in their daily experiences. All of us have a stake in this and your assistance will continue to ensure that our community continues to be a place where we are all safe.