School district taking a zero tolerance stance on bullying

No tolerance is the stand the Cache County School District is taking on bullying and hazing. Last April the school boards adopted the new policy concerning these two common problems and have been gearing up to implement it in the 2010-2011 school year. “The policy we have in place and the policy the legislature had in mind applies to all students in the school district as well as employees,” says Kirk McRae, Student Services and Human Resources Director for the Cache District. “Bullying and hazing shouldn’t take place by anyone within the school district whether they’re an employee or a student and there are defined consequences. Students who engage in bullying could be suspended or expelled; employees that may be involved could be terminated from employment.” McRae spent 18 months drafting the policy mandated by the 2009 Utah legislative session. “It took some time to talk to schools and parents and other parties that had interest in the school district,” he says. “Throughout that process we were able to get input from everyone and put together a policy that we think addresses the needs the statute requires.” Besides concrete consequences for those involved with bullying, the policy calls for a system of anonymous reporting for the students who are targets, or witness bullying of any kind. It also defines what actions qualify as hazing or bullying, helping educators crack down on the problems. “There have been cases of bullying in the state of Utah and I think the legislature was just making sure that school districts had a way to address that problem,” McRae says. “I think it’s good the legislature put this mandate out.” The Cache County School District begins it’s school year August 26 and Logan schools open August 18. To see how bullying is being defined and how it will be forced, visit the

<a href=”http://www.ccsdut.org/policies.cfm?pid=911″>Cache County School District website</a>

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