The School Board of Pasco County
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5517.01 - ANTI-BULLYING

The Student Code of Conduct provides an extensive list of disruptive, dangerous, and/or violent behaviors that are considered violations of school rules. Violation of these rules will result in a disciplinary referral and subsequent disciplinary action. In addition to the discipline referral, reported acts of unlawful harassment and/or bullying that rise to the level of unlawful harassment, are subject to the additional investigation and reporting as described in Board Policy 5517. Acts of bullying that do not rise to the level of unlawful harassment will be investigated pursuant to this policy.

General Policy Statement

The District is committed to providing an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from bullying for all students. The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against bullying. This commitment applies to all District operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of bullying. The District encourages those within the District community, as well as third parties, who feed aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify the problems.

The District will investigate all allegations of bullying and, in those cases where findings are substantiated, take immediate steps to end such activity and prevent its recurrence. Individuals who are found to have engaged in bullying will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. In addition, the Board will take any necessary interim measures to protect victims and the school community at large during the investigation and advise the parent/guardian of those measures if the alleged victim is under eighteen (18).

For purposes of this policy, "District Community" means students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel including Board members, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the control and supervision of the Board.

For purposes of this policy, "third parties" include, but are not limited to, guests and/or visitors on District property (e.g., visiting speakers, participants on opposing athletic teams, parent(s), vendors doing business with or seeking to do business with, the Board, and other individuals who come in contact with members of the District community at school-related events/activities (whether on or off District property).

This policy has been developed and reviewed in consultation with District students, parents, teachers, administrators, school staff, school volunteers, community representatives, and local law enforcement agencies as prescribed in F.S. 1006.147 and in conformity with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) revised Model Policy (July 2013).

Pursuant to State law, District students, parents, teachers, administrators, school staff, school volunteers, community representatives, and local law enforcement agencies shall be involved in the review of this policy. After the revised policy has been adopted, it shall be submitted to the Florida Department of Education.

This review process shall be conducted not less than every three (3) years thereafter.

Pursuant to State law, District students, parents, teachers, administrators, school staff, school volunteers, community representatives, and local law enforcement agencies shall be involved in the review of this policy. After the revised policy has been adopted, it shall be submitted to the Florida Department of Education not later than September 30, 2016.

This review process shall be conducted not less than every three (3) years thereafter.

The Superintendent shall develop a comprehensive plan intended to prevent bullying and to cultivate the school climate so as to appropriately identify, report, investigate, and respond to situations of bullying as they may occur on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, and through electronic means. Implementation of the plan will be ongoing throughout the school year and will be integrated with the school curriculum, District disciplinary policies, and violence prevention efforts.

Definitions

"Bullying", including cyberbullying, means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one (1) or more students. It is defined as any unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual's school performance or participation; and may involve:

 A.teasing;

 B.threats;

 C.intimidation;

 D.stalking;

 E.cyberstalking;

 F.physical violence;

 G.theft;

 H.sexual, religious, or racial bullying;

 I.public or private humiliation;

 J.Destruction of property; and

 K.social exclusion.

"Cyberbullying" means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which includes, but is not limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photo electronic system, or photo-optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. Cyberbullying includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person, or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated by the definition of bullying. Cyberbullying also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one (1) person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one (1) or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in the definition of bullying.

Cyberstalking, as defined in F.S. 784.048(1)(d), means to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.

"Bullying" " may also encompass:

 A.Retaliation against a student by another student or school employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. Reporting an act of bullying that is not made in good faith is considered retaliation.

 B.Perpetuation of conduct listed in the definition of bullying by an individual or group with intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause emotional or physical harm to a student by:

  1.incitement or coercion;

  2.accessing or knowingly and willingly causing or providing access to data or computer software within the scope of the District; or

  3.acting in a manner that has an effect substantially similar to the effect of bullying.

Sanctions and Monitoring

The Board shall vigorously enforce its prohibitions against bullying by taking appropriate action reasonably calculated to stop the behavior and prevent further such behavior. While observing the principles of due process, a violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including the suspension/expulsion of a student. All disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with applicable State law. When imposing discipline, the Principal or designee should consider the totality of the circumstances involved in the matter, including the ages and maturity levels of those involved. In those cases where allegations of bullying are not substantiated, the Principal or designee may consider whether the alleged conduct nevertheless warrants discipline in accordance with other Board policies or Student Code of Conduct.

Where the Board becomes aware that a prior remedial action has been taken against a member of the District community, all subsequent sanctions imposed by the Board and/or Superintendent shall be reasonably calculated to eliminate such conduct in the future.

Expected Behavior

The District expects students to conduct themselves in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students and school staff, the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and the care of school facilities and equipment. Such behavior is essential in maintaining an environment that provides each student the opportunity to obtain a high quality education in a uniform, safe, secure, efficient, and high quality system of education.

The standards for student behavior shall be set cooperatively through interaction among students, parents/guardians, and staff and community members, producing an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-discipline. The development of such an atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for District and community property on the part of students, staff, and community members. School administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers serve as role models for students and are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate bullying.

Students are expected to conform to reasonable standards of socially acceptable behavior, respect the person, property, and rights of others; obey constituted authority; and respond to those who hold that authority. The District shall provide for appropriate recognition and positive reinforcement for good conduct, self-discipline, good citizenship, and academic success.

The Board will not tolerate bullying of any type. Conduct that constitutes bullying, as defined herein, is prohibited:

 A.during any education program or activity conducted by the District;

 B.during any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity or on a school bus of the District;

 C.through any electronic means;

 D.the above section (C) does not require a school to staff or monitor any non-school-related activity, function or program; or

 E.in any other location or through any other means that results in bullying that substantially interferes with or limits the targetís ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the District or school or substantially disrupts the educational process or orderly operation of a school.

Consequences

Concluding whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances. The physical location or time of the access of a computer-related incident cannot be raised as a defense in any disciplinary action. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students, who commit acts of bullying or found to have wrongfully and intentionally accuse another as a means of bullying, may range from positive behavior interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a visitor or volunteer found to have committed an act of bullying or found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused another as a means of bullying shall be determined by the school administrator after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement officials.

Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a school employee found to have committed an act of bullying or harassment or found to have falsely wrongfully and intentionally accused another as a means of bullying or harassment shall include discipline in accordance with District policies, administrative procedures, and the collective bargaining agreement. Egregious acts of harassment by certified educators may result in a sanction against an educator's State-issued certificate. (See the Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida - F.A.C. 6B-1006)

Reports and Complaints of Bullying

Students and all other members of the District community, as well as third parties, are encouraged to promptly report incidents of bullying conduct, either orally or in writing, to a teacher, administrator, supervisor, or other District employee or official so that the District may address the conduct before it becomes severe, pervasive, or persistent. The Board designates the Principal, or the Principalís designee, as the person responsible for receiving all complaints of bullying. Any student or studentís parent/guardian who believes he is the victim of bullying should immediately report the situation anonymously or in-person to the school Principal or Principalís designee. Complaints against the Principal should be filed with the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent should be filed with the Board Chair. Initiating a complaint will not adversely affect the complaining individual's employment or participation in educational or extra-curricular programs unless the complaining individual makes the complaint maliciously or with knowledge that it is false.

All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy and alleged acts of bullying to the Principal or as described above. The alleged violations and acts must be reported by school employees to the Principal within twenty-four (24) hours.

The Principal shall prominently publicize to students, staff, volunteers, and parents the established District procedure for reporting bullying, including anonymous reporting, and how such a report will be acted upon. A victim of bullying, anyone who witnessed the act, and anyone who has credible information that an act of bullying has taken place may file a report. Written and oral reports shall be considered official reports. Reports may be made anonymously, but anonymous reports may not be the sole basis of a formal disciplinary action.

Anti-Bullying Compliance Officer

The Equity Manager serves as the "Anti-Bullying Compliance Officer" for the District. The Equity Manager is hereinafter referred to as the "Compliance Officer".

 

Equity Manager
7227 Land OíLakes Boulevard
Land OíLakes, Florida 34638
(813) 794-2679

The name, title, and contact information of this individual will be published annually in the parent and student handbooks, in the District Annual Report to the public, and/or on the Districtís website.

The Compliance Officer will be available during regular school/work hours to discuss concerns related to bullying, to assist students, other members of the District community, and third parties who seek support or advice when informing another individual about "unwelcome" conduct, or to intercede informally on behalf of the student.

Any District employee who directly observes bullying of a student is obligated, in accordance with this policy, to report such observations to the school-based administrator within two (2) business days. Thereafter, the school-based administrator or his designee must contact the student, if age eighteen (18) or older, or the student's parents if under the age of eighteen (18), within two (2) business days, to advise them of the District's intent to investigate the alleged misconduct, including the obligation of the compliance officer or designee to conduct an investigation following all the procedures outlined.

The school-based administrator is assigned to accept complaints of bullying directly from any member of the District community or a visitor to the District. Upon receipt of a complaint, the school-based administrator or designee will begin an investigation. As an initial course of action, if a student feels that he is being bullied and he is able and feels safe doing so, the individual should tell or otherwise inform the offending person that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. The complaining individual should address the alleged bullying as soon after it occurs as possible. The Compliance Officer is available to support and counsel individuals when taking this initial step or to intervene on behalf of the individual if requested to do so. An individual who is uncomfortable or unwilling to inform the offending person of his complaint is not prohibited from otherwise filing a complaint.

Anti-Retaliation

Students who believe that they have been bullied are entitled to utilize the Board's complaint process. Initiating a complaint will not adversely affect the complaining individual's employment or participation in educational or extra-curricular programs unless the complaining individual makes the complaint maliciously or with knowledge that it is false.

Procedure for Investigation

The District will promptly and equitably address all complaints, written or oral, of bullying, including sex-based bullying. The investigation of a reported act of bullying is deemed to be a school-related activity and begins with a report of such an act. All complaints about bullying that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated by an individual, designated by the Principal, who is trained in investigative procedures. Documented interviews of the target, accused perpetrator, and witnesses shall be conducted privately and shall be confidential to the extent permitted by this policy. The investigator may not be the accused perpetrator or alleged target. At no time shall the accused perpetrator and the alleged target be interviewed together. The investigator shall collect and evaluate the facts including, but not limited to, the following:

 A.a description of the incident, the nature of the behavior, and the context in which the incident occurred;

 B.how often the conduct occurred;

 C.whether there were past incidents or past continuing patterns of behavior;

 D.the relationship between the parties involved;

 E.any legally-protected characteristics of the parties involved;

 F.the identity of the alleged bully, including whether the individual was in a position of power over the individual allegedly targeted for bullying;

 G.the age of the alleged bully;

 H.where the bullying occurred;

 I.whether there have been other incidents in the school involving the same or other students;

 J.whether the conduct adversely affected the studentís education or educational environment; and

 K.the context in which the alleged incidents occurred, date, time, and method in which the parent(s) of all parties involved were contacted.

The investigator will maintain on-going contact with the alleged victim, and parent/guardian if under eighteen (18), throughout the investigation. In accordance with State law, District staff may monitor, as part of any bullying investigation, any non-school-related activity, function, or program.

Although certain cases may require additional time, the school-based administrator or a designee will attempt to complete an investigation into the allegations of bullying within ten (10) school days of receiving the formal complaint. A maximum of ten (10) school days should be the limit for the completion of the investigative procedural steps and submission of the incident report. While ten (10) school days is the expectation for completion of the investigative procedural steps, more time may be needed based on the nature of the investigation and the circumstances affecting that investigation. The investigator shall document in his report the reasons for needing additional time beyond ten (10) days. The highest level of confidentiality possible shall be provided regarding the submission of a complaint or a report of bullying and for the investigative procedures that are employed.

The physical location or time of access of a computer-related incident cannot be raised as a defense in any disciplinary action initiated pursuant to this policy. The investigation will include:

 A.interviews with the complainant;

 B.interviews with the respondent;

 C.interviews with any other witnesses who may reasonable be expected to have any information relevant to the allegations (please note that both parties have the right to present witnesses);

 D.consideration of any documentation or other evidence presented by the complainant, respondent, or any other witness which is reasonably believed to be relevant to the allegations.

Upon the completion of the investigation to determine whether or not a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of the anti-bullying policy, the designated individual who has conducted the investigation shall make a determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances and shall include:

 A.a recommendation of remedial steps necessary to stop the bullying behavior;

 B.investigation documentation;

 C.disciplinary action taken.

A written notice of the outcome of the investigation, whether the incident report or another document, will be provided to the complainant and respondent by the individual who completes the investigation within two (2) business days of the determination. If, during an investigation of reported acts of bullying, the Principal or his designee believes that the reported misconduct may have created a hostile learning environment and may have constituted unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, sex/gender, race, color, national origin, religion, disability or marital status the Principal or his designee will report the act of bullying to the Equity Manager who serves at the Compliance Officer for the District so that it may be investigated in accordance with Policy 5517 Ė Anti-Harassment.

The Compliance Officer will be available during regular school/work hours to discuss concerns related to unlawful harassment, to assist students, other members of the District community, and third parties who see support or advice when informing another individual about "unwelcome" conduct, or to intercede informally on behalf of the student.

Appeal

Students or parents who wish to appeal the findings of the investigation may do so by submitting a request to the Compliance Officer within ten (10) business days of being notified of the outcome of the investigation. The written request will initiate a review of all investigation documentation.

An appeal review will be conducted within five (5) business days of the receipt of the appeal request. At the conclusion of the appeal review, the Compliance Officer or the designee shall prepare and deliver a written report to the Superintendentís staff within five (5) business days which summarizes the evidence gathered during the investigation and provides recommendations based on the evidence and the definition of bullying as provided in Board policy and State and Federal law as to whether the complainant has been subject to bullying, or the complainantís claim was unsubstantiated. The Compliance Officer's recommendations must be based upon the totality of the circumstances, including the ages and maturity levels of those involved. The Compliance Officer may consult with the Board Attorney before finalizing the report to the Superintendentís staff.

Absent extenuating circumstances, within ten (10) business days of receiving the report of the Compliance Officer or the designee, the Superintendent must either issue a final decision regarding whether or not the complaint of bullying has been substantiated or request further investigation. A copy of the Superintendent's final decision will be delivered to both the complainant and the respondent.

The decision of the Superintendent shall be final.

If the complainant is not satisfied with the Superintendent's decision, the complainant may choose to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights or the Equal Educational Opportunity Commission.

The District reserves the right to investigate and resolve a complaint or report of bullying regardless of whether the member of the District community or third party alleging the bullying pursues the complaint. The Board also reserves the right to have the formal complaint investigation conducted by an external person in accordance with this policy or in such other manner as deemed appropriate by the Board or its designee.

Scope

State law requires any teacher or school employee who knows or suspects that a child under the age of eighteen (18) is a victim of child abuse or neglect to immediately report that knowledge or suspicion to the Department of Children and Family Services. If, during the course a bullying or harassment investigation, the Principal or a designee has reason to believe or suspect that the alleged conduct reasonably indicates abuse or neglect of the complainant, a report of such knowledge must be made in accordance with State law and Board policy.

If the Principal or a designee has reason to believe that the complainant has been the victim of criminal conduct as defined under Florida law, such knowledge should be reported to local law enforcement.

Any reports made to the local child protection service or to local law enforcement shall not terminate the Principalís or a designeeís obligation and responsibility to continue to investigate a complaint of bullying. While the Principal or designee may work cooperatively with outside agencies to conduct concurrent investigations, in no event shall the bullying investigation be inhibited by the involvement of outside agencies without good cause after consultation with the Superintendent.

The Principal or designee must first determine if an act of bullying or harassment falls within the scope of District authority. Computers without web filtering software or computers with web-filtering software that is disabled shall be used when complaints of cyberbullying are investigated. If the action is within the scope of the District, District procedures for investigating either bullying and/or unlawful discriminatory harassment shall be followed. If the action is outside the scope of the District, and believed to be a criminal act, the allegation shall be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency. If the action is outside the scope of the District and believed not a criminal act, the Principal or designee shall inform parents/guardians of all minor parties.

Parent Notification

The Principal shall report the occurrence of an incident of bullying as defined by District policy to the parent/guardian of all students known to be involved in the incident on the same day an investigation of the incident has been initiated. Notification shall be by telephone, by personal conference, and/or in writing by first class mail and shall be consistent with the student privacy rights under applicable provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The notice shall advise the individuals involved of their respective due process rights including the right to appeal any resulting determination or action to the State Board of Education.

If the bullying incident results in the perpetrator being charged with a crime, the principal shall inform by first class mail or by telephone the parent/guardian of the identified victim(s) involved in the bullying incident about the Unsafe Schools Choice Option (No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Title IX, Part E, Subpart 2, Section 932) that states, in pertinent part, as follows:

 

"Ö.[A] student attending a persistently dangerous public elementary school or secondary school, as determined by the State in consultation with a representative sample of local educational agencies, or a student who becomes a victim of a violent criminal offense, as determined by State law, while in or on the grounds of a public elementary school or secondary school that the student attends, be allowed to attend a safe public elementary school or secondary school within the local educational agency, including a public charter school."

 

Upon the completion of the investigation and if criminal charges are to be pursued against the perpetrator, the appropriate law enforcement agencies shall be notified by telephone and/or in writing.

Counseling Referral

The District shall provide a referral procedure for intervening when bullying is suspected or when a bullying incident is reported. The procedure includes:

 A.a process by which the teacher or parent may request informal consultation with school staff (e.g., school counselor, psychologist, etc.) to determine the severity of concern and appropriate steps to address the concern;

 B.a referral process to provide professional assistance or services that may include a system by which school personnel or parent/guardian may refer a student to the school intervention team (or equivalent school-based team with a problem-solving focus) to consider appropriate services (parent/guardian involvement required);

 C.a school-based action to address intervention and assistance as determined appropriate by the intervention team that includes:

  1.counseling and support to address the needs of the bullying targets;

  2.interventions to address the behavior of students who bully others (e.g. empathy training, anger management, etc.);

  3.intervention which includes assistance and support for parents, as may be deemed necessary or appropriate.

Data Report

The District will utilize Florida's School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) Statewide Report on School Safety and Discipline Data as prescribed. If a bullying (including cyberbullying) incident occurs it will be reported in SESIR, coded appropriately using the relevant incident code and the related element code. Discipline and referral data will be recorded in Student Discipline/Referral Action Report and Automated Student Information System. In a separate section, the District shall include each alleged incident of bullying that does not meet the criteria of a prohibited act under this policy with recommendations regarding such incidents.

The District will provide bullying incident, discipline, and referral data to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) in the format requested, through Surveys 2, 3, and 5 from Education Information and Accountability Services, and at designated dates provided by the Department. Data reporting on bullying, unsubstantiated bullying, as well as any bullying-related incidents that has as a basis age, sex/gender, race, color, national origin, disability, or marital status should be included. Victims of these offenses should also have the incident basis (age, sex/gender, race, color, national origin, disability or marital status) noted in their student record if relevant.

Training and Instruction

Students, parents, teachers, school administrators, counseling staff, and school volunteers shall be provided training and instruction, at least annually, on the District's policy and administrative procedures regarding bullying. The instruction shall include evidence-based methods of preventing bullying, as well as information about how to effectively identify and respond to bullying in schools. Instruction regarding bullying, harassment, and the District's violence prevention and school safety efforts shall be integrated into District curriculum at the appropriate grade levels. The training and instruction shall include recognizing behaviors that lead to bullying and taking appropriate preventative action based on those observations.

Policy Publication

At the beginning of each school year, the Superintendent shall, in writing, inform school staff, parents/guardians/other persons responsible for the welfare of a student of the District's student safety and violence prevention policy.

The District shall provide notice to students and staff of this policy in the Student Code of Conduct, and in employee handbooks, and via the District's official website. The Superintendent will also provide such notification to all District contractors.

Each principal shall implement a process for discussing, at least annually, the District policy on bullying with students in a student assembly or other reasonable format. Reminders of the policy and bullying prevention messages will be displayed, as appropriate, at each school and at District facilities.

Immunity

A school employee, school volunteer, students, parent/guardian, or other persons who promptly reports in good faith an act of bullying to the appropriate school official and who makes this report in compliance with the procedures set forth in District policy is immune from a cause of action for damages arising out of the reporting itself or any failure to remedy the reported incident.

Submission of a good faith complaint or report of bullying will not affect the complainant or reporter's future employment, grades, learning or working environment, or work assignments. Such immunity from liability shall not apply to any employee, school volunteer, student, parent/guardian, or volunteer other person determined to have made an intentionally false report about harassment.

Privacy/Confidentiality

The District will make all reasonable efforts to protect the rights of the complainant and the respondent. The District will respect the privacy of the complainant, the respondent, and all witnesses. If the complainant requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the District will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the either of these requests.

In the event that the complainant insists that his or her name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the alleged perpetrator, the District should inform the complainant that its ability to respond may be limited In such instances, the District will evaluate that request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students and inform the complainant if it cannot ensure confidentiality. Even if disciplinary action is not taken against the alleged bully because the complainant insists on confidentiality, the District should pursue other steps to limit the effects of the alleged bullying behavior and prevent its recurrence.

During the course of an investigation, the Principal or his designee will instruct all members of the District community and third parties who are interviewed about the importance of maintaining confidentiality. Any individual who is interviewed as part of a bullying investigation is expected not to disclose any information that he learns or that he provides during the course of the investigation. Any records that are considered student records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act will be maintained in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Federal law and Board Policy 8330 - Student Records.

Allegations Constituting Criminal Conduct: Child Abuse/Sexual Misconduct

State law requires any teacher or school employee who knows or suspects that a child under the age of eighteen (18) is a victim of child abuse or neglect to immediately report that knowledge or suspicion to the Department of Children and Family Services. If, during the course of a bullying investigation, the Compliance Officer or a designee has reason to believe or suspect that the alleged conduct reasonably indicates abuse or neglect of the complainant, a report of such knowledge must be made in accordance with State law and Board policy.

If Principal or a designee has reason to believe that the complainant has been the victim of criminal conduct as defined under Florida law, such knowledge should be reported to local law enforcement.

Any reports made to the local child protection service or to local law enforcement shall not terminate the Compliance Officer's or a designee's obligation and responsibility to continue to investigate a complaint of bullying. While the Principal or a designee may work cooperatively with outside agencies to conduct concurrent investigations, in no event shall the bullying investigation be inhibited by the involvement of outside agencies without good cause after consultation with the Superintendent.

F.S. 110.1221
F.S. 784.048
F.S. 1002.20
F.S. 1006.13
F.S. 1006.147
Florida Department of Education Revised Model Policy (July 2013)
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Title IX, Part E, Subpart 2, Section 9532

Adopted 11/18/08
Revised 10/6/15
Revised 9/16/16
Revised 5/16/17

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