Whenever a student, parent or guardian has a concern about bullying, please report it to school officials immediately so we can help. Brunswick CSD is committed to providing a safe environment for our students.
Each school building has a designated person with training to handle incidents. Please see left hand side for our Dignity Act Coordinator contact information.
Dignity for All Students Act
In July 2010, the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was established to promote a safe and supportive learning environment in all public schools, free from harassment and discrimination from other students and adults.
DASA establishes a number of standards for schools, when it comes to instruction, certain district policies and procedures and identifying and reporting incidents of bullying, harassment and discrimination in school.
“No student shall be subjected to harassment or bullying by employees or students on school property or at a school function; nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.” (State Education Laws of 2010, Effective: July 1, 2012)
How do I know if my child is being bullied?
- What is harassment? Harassment is the creation of a hostile environment that unreasonably and substantially interferes with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being.
- What is bullying? Bullying includes such actions as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying is an unwanted, aggressive intentional form of harassment that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
- What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include hostile or threatening text messages, e-mails, posts on social networking sites and inappropriate pictures, videos, websites or fake profiles.
- What is discrimination? Discrimination, as defined by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), is the “denial of equal treatment, admission and/or access to programs, facilities and services based on the person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity), or sex.”
Examples of Bullying
- Verbal: Name-calling, teasing, sexual comments, taunting and threatening to cause harm.
- Social: Spreading rumors about someone, excluding others on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone and embarrassing someone in public.
- Physical: Hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone’s property and making mean or rude hand gestures. (Source: U.S. Department of Education)
Signs that a Child is Being Bullied
- Unexplainable injuries;
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics or jewelry;
- Frequent headaches or stomachaches, feeling sick or faking illness to avoid school or social situations;
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating (kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch);
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares;
- Avoidance of such areas as the playground, cafeteria or restrooms;
- Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork or not wanting to go to school;
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations;
- Loss of interest in activities formerly enjoyed;
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem; and/or
- Self-destructive behaviors, such as running away from home, self-harm or talking about suicide.
Signs that a Child is Bullying Others
- Get into physical or verbal fights;
- Have friends who bully others;
- Are increasingly aggressive;
- Have no regard for other people’s feelings;
- Disrespect authority and/or rules;
- Disrespect the opposite gender and people of different races, ethnicities or religions;
- Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently;
- Have unexplained extra money or new belongings;
- Blame others for their problems;
- Lie to get out of trouble;
- Deliberately hurt pets or animals;
- Use anger to get what they want;
- Refuse to accept responsibility for their actions; and/or
- Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity.
- REMEMBER: Bullying almost always requires adult intervention.
What is brunswick’s Process for Reporting Bullying Incidents?
Students are encouraged to receive assistance with a bullying incident by talking to any staff member, including a teacher, school counselor, principal or assistant principal. Parents are encouraged to contact the child’s teacher, social worker, guidance counselor or building administrator. Teachers, aides, assistants, monitors, clerical staff and custodians are encouraged to use a referral form or contact their building’s main office. Transportation staff must notify the director of transportation and complete a bus referral form. Cafeteria staff must report any incidents to lunchroom supervisors.
Brunswick Brittonkill needs not only staff but also parents and students to speak up when they see bullying taking place. As our children grow, mature, and learn to understand the impact of their words and actions on others, they need to receive a consistent message that certain words and certain behaviors are not acceptable. Our schools cannot effectively address bullying if incidents are not reported. Anyone who feels that he or she has been bullied or harassed, who wants to report an incident of someone else being bullied, or who has questions on this topic should talk to a staff member, including a teacher, school counselor, principal or assistant principal, or Dignity Act coordinator.