• In District 113, all staff and students are taught that bullying is defined as follows:

    Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

    • Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property.
    • Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health.
    • Substantially interfering with the student's academic performance.
    • Substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

    It is the responsibility of all of our staff, regardless of role, to prevent bullying, and to report and intervene when bullying is seen.

How You Can Help

  • Parents, guardians and other trusted adults can become anti-bullying advocates by:

    • Reviewing the definition of bullying with their child and helping him/her understand what bullying is, how it can severely harm others, and actions children can take to report bullying
    • Encouraging children to report all instances of bullying to you and/or a trusted school staff member
    • Teaching children to take "screen shots" of any content they are sent online that is bullying or threatens violence, and share it with you and/or a school official

    One helpful resource is www.commonsensemedia.org, a site designed to help adults understand the apps, movies and online content young people may be inclined to access--and, just as important, to help facilitate open conversations with young people about online safety and building a positive digital footprint.