Semi-Annual Report to the President of the Board of Education
Bullying, Intimidation, Harassment, Sexual harassment
Number of incidents: 4
Number of students involved: 8
Out of school suspension: 3
In-school suspension: 2.5 days
Alternate placement: 0
All children are entitled to courteous and respectful treatment by students and staff at school. At Wynford Local Schools, we are dedicated to ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of our students.
We are providing this on-line reporting form for students, faculty and parents to report and take a stand against bullying, hazing, and harassment.
In addition to the online reporting form, our staff is always available to speak with students, parents and/or guardians regarding any bullying/harassment/hazing case. Remember, you do not have to be the bully or the victim to report the incident. Bystanders have a responsibility to take a stand against bullying.
Confidentiality: We are committed to a level of confidentiality and will treat these cases according to the confidentiality standards we adhere to in face-to-face meetings in the counseling office. On a very important note, as a professional working with students, Wynford employees are required by Ohio Revised Code to report when someone tells them that they want to harm themselves, intend to harm others, or that someone is harming them. No information will be shared without the appropriate parties being notified.
Definition of Bullying: The Wynford Local School District establishes that “harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act, including electronically committed acts (i.e., acts conducted using electronic or wireless communication devices) or physical acts or gestures that a student has exhibited toward another student more than once and the behavior both:
1. Causes mental or physical harm to the other student;
2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.
“Being bullied is not just an unpleasant rite of passage through childhood,” said Duane Alexander, M.D., director of the NICHD. “It’s a public health problem that merits attention. People who were bullied as children are more likely to suffer from depression and low self-esteem, well into adulthood, and the bullies themselves are more likely to engage in criminal behavior later in life."
Ohio Revised Code and the Wynford Board of Education policy on harassment, intimidation, and bullying requires that the district semiannually report a summary of all reported incidents of this nature on this website.