Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)
Clover Park School District's Board of Directors adopted Policy 3207—Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, in accordance with state law (RCW 28A.300.285).
In July 2011, the Clover Park School District's Board of Directors updated the district's Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying policies and procedures.
"The safety of our students is one of our biggest priorities," said Superintendent Debbie LeBeau. "The district already had an anti-bullying policy, but it was important to update it to reflect changes in state law and our changing world. District administrators worked with staff, students, families and the community to ensure many voices were heard in the process. Harassment, intimidation and bullying are very serious offenses and our new policy and procedures ensure that our students are safe; people know how to report problems; and staff know what to do to immediately stop the inappropriate behaviors."
The procedures include several actions related to the prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying:
- Students will receive age-appropriate information to help them recognize, report and prevent harassment, intimidation and bullying;
- Staff will receive annual training on the new policy and procedures, including staff roles and responsibilities;
- District and school websites will share information on how to report instances of harassment, intimidation and bullying—including contact information for the appropriate district administrators and district compliance officer;
- The policy and procedures will also be readily available on district and school websites and in all schools and district offices; and
- Anti-bullying strategies and expectations will be incorporated into the counseling and guidance curriculum.
Reports of harassment, intimidation and bullying may be made verbally or in writing to any staff member—anonymously, confidentially or non-confidentially.
"Communication is an essential element in the elimination of harassment, intimidation and bullying," said LeBeau. "District administrators have created a plan to educate staff, students and parents on the identification and prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying. It 's also very important that parents and guardians teach their children the importance of treating others with respect. This is a team effort."
Copies of Policy 3207, and its procedures, are also available on our District Board Policies page and in the Student Services Center at 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, WA.
For questions or more information, contact Holly Shaffer, director of student services and district compliance officer, at 253-583-5154.