Bullying Prevention Policy

BULLYING PREVENTION POLICY

Collaborative for Regional Educational Services and Training (“CREST”) expects that all members of the Collaborative and school community will treat each other in a civil manner and with respect for differences.

CREST is committed to providing all staff and students with a safe learning environment that is free from bullying and cyberbullying.  This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive efforts to promote learning, and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behavior that can impede the learning process and workplace environment.

CREST understands that members of certain groups, such as students with disabilities, students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and homeless students may be more vulnerable to becoming targets of bullying, harassment, or teasing.  CREST will take specific steps to create a safe and supportive learning environment for vulnerable populations in the school community, and provide all staff and students with the skills, knowledge, and strategies to prevent or respond to bullying, harassment, or teasing.

CREST will not tolerate any unlawful or disruptive behavior, including any form of bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation, in our school programs, on school grounds, or in school-related activities.  We will investigate promptly all reports and complaints of bullying, cyberbullying, and retaliation, and take prompt action to end that behavior and restore the target’s sense of safety.  We will support this commitment in all aspects of our school community, including curricula, instructional programs, staff development, extracurricular activities, and parent or guardian involvement.

The Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (“Plan”) is a comprehensive approach to addressing bullying and cyberbullying, and CREST is committed to working with students, staff, families, law enforcement agencies, and the community to prevent issues of violence.  In consultation with these constituencies, we have established this Plan for preventing, intervening, and responding to incidents of bullying, cyberbullying, and retaliation.  Each Program Director or Principal is responsible for the implementation and oversight of the Plan in their respective programs, with support from the Executive Director and the Director of Human Resources.

For more information regarding this policy, please refer to the Bullying Prevention Policy recently revised as of December 2015.