Bullying Information for Parents

  • Student Code of Conduct Definition:
    Bullying is defined as: A student or group of students who systematically and chronically inflict physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gestures 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 performance and may involve, but is not limited to, unwanted teasing, threats, social exclusion, intimidation, public humiliation, stalking, physical violence, religious or racial harassment, or destruction of property.

    If a parent has a concern about their child being bullied:
       *A student and/or parent who believes the child is bullied or has knowledge of an incident has 30 school days after the last alleged incident of bullying or harassment to report.
       *Any written or oral reporting of an act of bullying or harassment shall be considered an official means of reporting such an act.
       *Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

    Forms for reporting a concern about bullying can be found on our district website at www.hernandoschools.org or by contacting the school at 352-797-7092.

    Consequences for substantiated cases of bullying, per Student Code of Conduct (2013/2014):

           *Elementary: 1-3 days OSS and referral to counselor for Bullying/Harassment Program.
           *Secondary: 2-5 days OSS and attend the District Bullying/Harassment Prevention Program.
           *Failure to attend the intervention program may result in additional days of suspension.

           *All second offenses at any level will result in 10 days OSS and recommendation to superintendent for expulsion.