Hazing, Harassment, Bullying, and Retaliation

  • Retaliation for making a report of HHB or participating in an investigation into allegations of HHB is prohibited.

    The School District will take appropriate action against any student, volunteer, contractor, or employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of HHB.

    Retaliation against a student can take many forms and includes, but is not limited to: any form of intimidation, reprisal, or continued hazing, harassment, and or bullying.

    A student that feels as they are experiencing retaliation for making a report of HHB or being involved in the investigation of an alleged HHB incident should immediately report the situation to a Designated Employee.

    Each school campus has at least two Designated Employees that are charged with receiving and investigating reports of hazing, harassment and bullying.

    Any person who believes they have been the victim of hazing, harassment and/or bullying or the victim of retaliation by making a complaint of such behavior, or any person with knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to a Designated Employee, a school administrator, coach or the superintendent’s office.

    Teachers, administrators, volunteers, contractors, coaches, or other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing, harassment, bullying and/or retaliation. Any such person who receives knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute these behaviors shall inform the building principal or assistant principal or Designated Employee.

    The following is a list of Designated Employees for HHB reporting for each school campus:

    • ADL: Jennifer Wood, Amie Conger, and Nicole Williams
    • CTE: Robert Travers and Carolyn Dickinson
    • EES: Peter Farrell
    • EHS: Ben Johnson, Louise Strong, and Mark Floyd
    • EMS: Kevin Briggs
    • FLE: Dan Ryan and Amy Bigelow
    • FOU: Wendy Cobb and Joe Arigo
    • HIA: Katherine Grykien and Scott Evans
    • SUM: Suzanne Gruendling and Ashley Cate
    • WES: Marcie Lewis and Vanessa Habedank

    The EWSD School District is committed to providing all of its students with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect.

    It is the policy of EWSD to prohibit the unlawful harassment of students based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and other legally protected status under federal or state law.

    Related: Policy C10: Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students

    EWSD holds the civil rights of individuals in great esteem and importance as we consider access to our school environments.

    We are dedicated to creating a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students.

    Privacy is also an important issue for any student who feels a need for privacy regardless of gender identify or sex assignment. In order to be supportive and to create safe spaces for of all our students, all bathrooms and locker rooms across EWSD will be accessible to students and people in our schools based on their identified gender.

    It is also the policy of EWSD to prohibit the unlawful hazing, harassment, bullying of its students and prohibits retaliation against students for making complaints of HHB or their involvement in an investigation into HHB.

    EWSD shall address all complaints of harassment, hazing and bullying, and shall take appropriate action against any person - subject to the jurisdiction of the Board - who violates this policy.

    Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit punishment of a student for conduct which, although it does not rise to the level of harassment, bullying, or hazing as defined herein, otherwise violates one or more of the Board’s disciplinary policies or the school’s code of conduct.