• The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a bullying prevention and response plan that advances the District’s goal of providing all students with a safe learning environment free of bullying and harassment. This plan must be consistent with each numbered requirement, 1-12, corresponds with the same number in the list of required policy components in 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7(b) 1-12.

    1. The District uses the definition of bullying as provided in this policy.
    2. Bullying is contrary to state law and the policy of this district. However, nothing in the district’s bullying prevention and response plan is intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or under Section 3 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.
    3. Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the District Complaint Manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the District Complaint Manager or any staff member. Anonymous reports are also accepted.

    Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers:

    Name: Scott Meek                                             Name: Jessica Donato

    Address: 1475 Maple Ave                                  Address: 1475 Maple Ave.

    Email: smeek@northbrook28.net                       Email: Jdonato@northbrook28.net

    Phone: 847-498-7920                                      Phone: 847-498-7900

    4. Consistent with federal and state laws and rules governing student privacy rights, the superintendent or designee shall promptly inform the parent(s)/guardian(s) of every student involved in an alleged incident of bullying and discuss, as appropriate, the availability of social work services, counseling, school psychological services, other interventions, and restorative measures

    5. The superintendent or designee shall promptly investigate and address reports of bullying, by, among other things:

    1. Making all reasonable efforts to complete the investigation within 10 school days after the date the report of a bullying incident was received and taking into consideration additional relevant information received during the course of the investigation about the reported bullying incident.
    2. Involving appropriate school support personnel and other staff persons with knowledge, experience, and training on bullying prevention, as deemed appropriate, in the investigation process.
    3. Notifying the building principal or school administrator or designee of the reported incident of bullying as soon as possible after the report is received.
    4. Consistent with federal and state laws and rules governing student privacy rights, providing parent(s)/guardian(s) of the students who are parties to the investigation information about the investigation and an opportunity to meet with the building principal or school administrator or his or her designee to discuss the investigation, the findings of the investigation, and the actions taken to address the reported incident of bullying.

    The superintendent or designee shall investigate whether a reported incident of bullying is within the permissible scope of the district’s jurisdiction and shall require that the district provide the victim with information regarding services that are available within the district and community, such as counseling, support services, and other programs.

    6. The superintendent or designee shall use interventions to address bullying, that may include, but are not limited to, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services.

    7. A reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying is prohibited. A student’s act of reprisal or retaliation will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.

    8. A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information in good faith, even if the district’s investigation concludes that no bullying occurred. However, knowingly making a false accusation or providing knowingly false information will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.

    9. The district’s bullying prevention and response plan must be based on the engagement of a range of school stakeholders, including students and parent(s)/guardian(s).

    10. The superintendent or designee shall post this policy on the district’s Internet website, if any, and include it in the student handbook, and, where applicable, post it where other policies, rules, and standards of conduct are currently posted. The policy must also be distributed annually to parents/guardians, students, and school personnel, including new employees when hired.

    11. The superintendent or designee shall assist the board with its evaluation and assessment of this policy’s outcomes and effectiveness. This process shall include, without limitation:

    1. The frequency of victimization;
    2. Student, staff, and family observations of safety at a school;
    3. Identification of areas of a school where bullying occurs;
    4. The types of bullying utilized; and
    5. Bystander intervention or participation.
    6. The evaluation process may use relevant data and information that the district already collects for other purposes. The superintendent or designee must post the information developed as a result of the policy evaluation on the district’s website, or if a website is not available, the information must be provided to school administrators, board members, school personnel, parent(s)/guardian(s), and students.

    12. The superintendent or designee shall fully implement the Board policies, including without limitation, the following:

    1. 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may use this policy to complain about bullying.
    2. 6:60, Curriculum Content. Bullying prevention and character instruction is provided in all grades in accordance with State law.
    3. 6:65, Student Social and Emotional Development. Student social and emotional development is incorporated into the District’s educational program as required by State law.
    4. 6:235, Access to Electronic Networks. This policy states that the use of the District’s electronic networks is limited to: (1) support of education and/or research, or (2) a legitimate business use.
    5. 7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited. This policy prohibits any person from harassing, intimidating, or bullying a student based on an identified actual or perceived characteristic (the list of characteristics in 7:20 is the same as the list in this policy).
    6. 7:185, Teen Dating Violence Prohibited. This policy prohibits teen dating violence on school property, at school sponsored activities, and in vehicles used for school-provided transportation.
    7. 7:190, Student Discipline. This policy prohibits, and provides consequences for, hazing, bullying, or other aggressive behaviors, or urging other students to engage in such conduct.
    8. 7:310, Restrictions on Publications. This policy prohibits students from and provides consequences for: (1) accessing and/or distributing at school any written, printed, or electronic material, including material from the Internet, that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities, and (2) creating and/or distributing written, printed, or electronic material, including photographic material and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members.

    This policy is not intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or under Section 3 or 4 of Article 1 of the Ill. Constitution.