Harassment and Bullying Prevention Policy
Bullying and harassment are intentional behaviours which occur over time and target an individual(s) with hurtful actions. It usually involves an imbalance of power. Bullying and harassment tend to be one-way behaviours wherein a individual targets another. Bullying and harassment is unlike conflict which is usually reciprocal and not necessarily over time. Bullying is a serious problem for children and teens and can easily go unrecognized by parents and caregivers. Individuals who are bullied often do not seek help because they believe that by telling an adult the problem will be made worse.
In an online school community like Pathways Academy it would be very rare to have these issues within the student body. Because much of the student life occurs under the direct supervision of the parent or guardian, it is imperative that families communicate a bullying or harassment issue at the time it occurs so that we can work to support a resolution.
Individuals in the Pathways Academy community are expected to interact with one another in a spirit of respect, love and inclusiveness regardless of gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, mental/physical disability, or any other personal characteristic. Harassment in the form of bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation, or threatening or violent behaviors at a school-related activity or in other circumstances that have an impact on the school environment will be addressed in a manner consistent with Pathways Academy Statement of Faith and Educational Values.
If an incident of bullying or harassment occurs between students and is in direct relation to school events or activities it is imperative that the incident(s) be made known to the school principal and/or the teacher immediately. Where these issues are brought to the school principal's attention, the situation will be investigated by the principal with the collaboration of the teacher and/or parent/guardian. The principal's investigation may include asking for electronic evidence, such as email or Skype conversations. Being mindful of personal privacy issues, the principal will deliberate on the evidence and involve the students' parents in seeking a resolution. Where a resolution cannot be reached, or should the principal feel the need to seek further advice, the School Board will be asked for input. Progressive discipline will be employed to address the behaviour. Parent involvement and support will be crucial in making a positive change and eliminating the problem. The individuals involved will be monitored by the principal in all interactions within the school community to prevent retaliation and promote healing.