White Oak Elementary Anti-Bullying Information
The California Department of Education’ Website States …
“Bullying is exposing a person to abusive actions repeatedly over time.1 Being aware of children's teasing and acknowledging injured feelings are always important. Bullying becomes a concern when hurtful or aggressive behavior toward an individual or group appears to be unprovoked, intentional, and (usually) repeated.
Bullying is a form of violence. It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, with the more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful. Bullying may be physical (hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing), verbal(taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, threatening), or emotional (spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, extorting, or intimidating). Bullying can occur face-to-face or in the online world.
Bullying is also one or more acts by a pupil or group of pupils directed against another pupil that constitutes sexual harassment, hate violence, or severe or pervasive intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation that is disruptive, causes disorder, and invades the rights of others by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment, and includes acts that are committed personally or by means of an electronic act, as defined.
An "electronic act" is defined as transmission of a communication, including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device, including but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.”
White Oak Elementary strives to create a positive learning environment for all. We are committed to working with our entire school community to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals.
There is no tolerance for rude or inappropriate behavior, including bullying. If anyone needs help navigating a challenging situation with another party, we invite you to seek support from one of our many resources. Students are strongly encouraged to share their experience by speaking to a teacher, the counselor or the principal at school, as well as someone at home.
White Oak staff will investigate all accusations of bullying thoroughly. No two bullying situations are exactly alike. Partnering with families of all those involved and focusing on teachable moments is the general approach. If a situation continues or escalates, progressive discipline with the offending party/ies will result.