Policy and Procedures
Ocean View School District
Office of Student Services
Policy and Procedures
Board Policy 5131- Conduct
Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communication made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a student or group of students as defined in Education Code Sections 48900.2, 48900.3, 48900.4 or 48900 (r) directed toward one or more students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
(a) Placing a reasonable student or students in fear of harm to that student’s or those students’ person or property;
(b) Causing a reasonable student to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health;
(c) Causing a reasonable student to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance;
(d) Causing a reasonable student to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Parents and students can report bullying in a variety of ways:
· In Person (to a teacher, principal, or any school employee)
· By Telephone
· In the Bully Box (located on our campuses)
All complaints of bullying will be investigated using the following process:
Complaints of bullying or harassment shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with site-level grievance procedures specified in Board Policy 5131.2 Bullying
Summary of Process
1. Within 1 school day of receiving a complaint or observing an incident of bullying/harassment, the school employee shall report it to the site administrator. If complaint is anonymous, the site administrator should determine if there is enough information to investigate.
2. Determine whether interim measures are needed
3. Interview the student, other relevant individuals and review any relevant records.
4. Reach a determination
5. Appropriate discipline is determined
6. Contact parents
7. Create a plan to ensure bullying does not continue and retaliation does not occur
8. Written report of findings (no more than 30 days after receiving the complaint). The report should
include a summary of the process.
9. Inform parents of procedures for reporting any subsequent problems.
All appeals should be directed to the Office of Student Services within ten days of the determination/resolution. The Coordinator will review each appeal to assure that the district policy and procedures were followed.
The Uniform Complaint Procedures process (Board Policy/AR 1312.3) will be used to address any appeals addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination based on age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color or mental or physical disability in any program or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance.
If you would like a copy of Board Policy 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures are available in the School Office or at the Ocean View School District Office.