Bullying & Harassment Policy

Scope:

This policy covers conduct that takes place at Love of Learning Co-op at Boys and Girls Club.  It also covers conduct which occurs at any LOL-sponsored activity, regardless of location. This policy also pertains to usage of electronic technology and electronic communication that occurs at co-op and at LOL-sponsored functions and activities, and on computers, networks, forums, and mailing lists used at any LOL-sponsored activity, including the LOL Facebook Group and the LOL Semester Facebook Group. This policy applies to the entire LOL community, including teachers, the Planning Team, students, parents and volunteers.

Notice:

This policy may be revised at any time and is reviewed by the Admin team prior to the beginning of each semester.  The policy will be given to teachers before the beginning of each semester and will be posted on our website for all families and volunteers to read before the semester begins.

Definitions:

Bullying: “Bullying” means written, verbal or physical conduct that adversely affects the ability of one or more people to participate in or benefit from the coops programs or activities by placing the person(s) in reasonable fear of physical or psychological harm. This includes conduct that is based on a person’s ’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion or any other distinguishing characteristics. This also includes association with a person or group with one or more of the above mentioned characteristics, whether actual or perceived.

Harassment: “Harassment” means written, verbal or physical conduct
that adversely affects the ability of one or more people to participate in or benefit from the coop programs or activities because the conduct is so severe, persistent or pervasive. This includes conduct that is based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion or any other distinguishing characteristics. This also includes association with a person or group with one or more of the abovementioned characteristics, whether actual or perceived.

Reporting Bullying and Harassment:

All allegations of bullying or harassment shall be reported
to an Admin member as soon as is reasonably possible.  Admin team members will investigate the allegation as soon as possible and will determine what action to take.  (Actions described below in the section on Discipline and Remediation). Parents may or may not be notified, at the discretion of the Admins, according to the health, well-being, confidentiality, and safety of all involved parties.  The Admin team will be responsible for doing everything, within reason, to resolve the situation. LOL Admin team members can be found at coop, or messaged via Facebook or email.

Anonymous Reporting

While reports may be filed anonymously, disciplinary action cannot be taken solely based on an anonymous report. Anonymous reports will be investigated with the same procedure, timeliness and vigor as other reports and disciplinary action can occur based on the results of the investigation.

False Reports

People who file false reports of bullying or harassment will be subject to disciplinary action.

Who Can Report

Reports alleging bullying or harassment may be filed with a member of the Admin Team by parents/guardians, and students.

Responsibility of Students and Member Families

Any student or parent who observes an act of bullying or harassment should report the bullying or harassment to the Planning Team.

Teacher & Planning Team Responsibility

All staff members, including teachers and members of the Admin Team, will take reasonable measures to prevent bullying and harassment and are obligated to report any such acts that come to their attention. Teachers are expected to take action whenever they observe bullying, harassment, physical violence or hate language.

Retaliation

Retaliation or threats of retaliation meant to intimidate the victim of bullying or harassment or toward those investigating the incident (Admin Team) will not be tolerated.

Investigation of Bullying or Harassment

Once reported, any allegation of bullying or harassment will be promptly investigated by the Admin Team. Disciplinary or other action will be taken immediately following the conclusion of the investigation.

Discipline and Remediation

We believe that enforcement of anti-bullying policies should ideally focus on education and prevention rather than exclusionary discipline.  When all parties to the incident are amenable, mediation may be used as an alternative to, or in addition to, disciplinary action. The decision as to whether mediation or disciplinary action is used is at the discretion of the Admin Team, and depends on the severity of the incident and the safety of all involved.
Disciplinary actions for bullying and harassment may include, but are not limited to:

a warning
notification of parents
the requirement of parental supervision during one or more class(es)
the requirement of constant parental supervision while at LOL or LOL sponsored activities
loss of the right to attend one or more class(es)
loss of the right to attend the LOL coop or other LOL-sponsored activities
loss of membership to our LOL Facebook Group

 

The Admin Team’s goal is that consequences should be consistent, reasonable, fair, age appropriate and that they match the severity of the incident.

The Admin Team will not discuss a current report, investigation or discipline event with anyone not directly impacted by an event in order to protect the privacy of those involved.