The first step is to learn about the situation. Talk to your student and learn about what has been happening. Document an evidence that is available. Next, you will wan to find your school’s bullying policy and use that as a guide to learn about how you can report the bullying behavior. Becoming familiar with the school’s bullying policy will allow you to learn about the how the school will respond. Next, you will want to communicate with your school, provide evidence, and provide a detailed account of what has occurred. It is always best to work collaboratively with your school and to develop a plan to support your student. It is important to continue to communicate with your student, let them know that it is not their fault, and follow their lead in creating a plan that feels safe for them. After creating a plan with the school, continue to check in with your student and the school to monitor progress.
Teachers are expected to follow a set ethical principles as set by state law and local school policy. If your student is being bullied by a teacher or school administrator, the first step is to learn about the situation and document the incidents. Next, you want to show what you have collected with your school administrator and outline how your student has been a victim. If your school is not responsive follow the steps on the chart below.
Some parents are afraid that they will face retaliation (being treated worse) if they report bullying from a teacher. It is important to note that parents and students are protected from retaliation. You will want to document any instances of retaliation that occurs in the case that you may need to file and additional report.
First, ensure that that you followed the information on step 1. If your school is not responding, we have provided a chart with steps outlined below along with contact information of one of our representatives that you may contact if you need additional support.
A copy of the school handbook is sent to parents every year. If you do not have a copy, you can ask your school for a printed copy or often times they can be found on their school website. The school board bullying policy is different than the school handbook. To find your school bullying policy, visit your school district website and find your bullying policy under the student board policies (500). You can also ask your school for a copy. Additionally, policies for bullying can be found under the technology and discipline policy.
Cyber-bullying is complex as there are no current state or federal laws regarding cyber-bullying. Broad recommendations do exist, yet more specific guideless are not readily available.
However, many school districts provide specific guidance for cyber-bullying and cyber-bullying prevention in their technology policy or bullying policy. There is not easy way to determine what the school’s policy is in regard to cyber bullying that occurs outside school grounds. Most schools responds to cyber bullying if it disrupts the learning environment. To better understand the bullying or cyberbullying that occurs outside school grounds, it will be important to contact your local district administrator for guidance.
Guidance for schools and parents on cyber-bullying can be found here:
Cybersecurity | SchoolSafety.gov
My student is being bullied due to their disability/race/sex/gender/sexual orientation/ SES, what should I do?
Federal and state laws protect students from being bullied based on a protected status. It is important to document all the occurrences that have happened and provide a detailed account to your schools. If you feel the school has not addressed the bullying, follow the steps outline in the chart below focusing on how the schools response to biased based bullying. You may also contact your school district’s Title IX coordinator or NDE for additional guidance.
Before advising your student to fight back, it is important to be aware of your school’s discipline policy. Fighting back could result in additional consequences by the school. It is important to have preventative strategies that may lead to a physical altercation. Each school is unique in their policy, it is important to identify your school’s discipline policy and identify their expectations for students if they are physically attacked.
If threats are made toward a student or if the bullying is unlawful, it is recommended that you contact your local law enforcement. Contacting local law enforcement is important if your student is in immediate harm. They will provide resources and guidance on the steps you can follow. This also includes unlawful behavior that occurs during cyber-bullying.