Welcome to School #49 where staff and students show their Tiger Pride! Our entire
staff is eager to provide your children with the very best in educational opportunities.
We will strive throughout the year to maintain a close link between the home and
school so that you will continue to be an integral part of your children's education.
This handbook will provide information about events, rules, regulations, and policies of
William Penn School #49. We hope that most of your questions will be answered, but if
you have any additional ones, please feel free to call our office at 226 - 4249.
It very important that you, as parents, understand what is happening in IPS. Please
use our school web site as a resource for up to date information on school news and
data. We will send home in both English and Spanish a bi-weekly Tiger Talk, school
news letter. Important information and after activity reminders are often made using
the district’s Connect Ed System. As we strive for excellence this year, you and your
child will play a major role in our school’s continued success. You must be actively
monitoring your child and his/her progress, we will. Much is expected this year. The
teachers are prepared to rise to the occasion. Your child will be expected to do his/her
part. Certainly you need to be a strong part of this process. The more often you can
participate in your child’s education, the better your child will perform. Our School
Community Coordinator, Ms. Dixon, will have many opportunities for you to be involved
with here at school and home. We must work together as a team if we hope to meet the
standards for the new school year. Please be a school partner. We need you, and your
child/children need you.
At the end of this handbook are some practical suggestions for how you can be a
partner in education for your child. Try them. They might make a difference for your
child this year.
Safety at school is a top priority for the staff. We will follow the guidelines prescribed by
the state of Indiana.
1. Monthly fire drills
2. 2 tornado drills per semester
3. 3 lock down drills
School #49 does have an Emergency Preparedness Plan that deals with all natural
disasters as well as civil unrest. An Evacuation Plan is included should we have to
move the students to a different location.
Trespassers are not permitted on school grounds. Any unauthorized visitor is
considered a trespasser and will be subject to questions from the administrator,
questions by the police, and/or removal from school grounds.
Students suspended from school are not allowed on any IPS property during their
Court orders will be observed to the greatest extent possible. It is the parent/guardian
responsibility to bring copies of custody/visitation agreements to the school. We cannot
institute what we do not know about.
In Indiana, both custodial and non-custodial parents have access rights to a child’s
records. The only exception to this is if parental rights have been terminated. You
must provide this information to the school. Only the persons listed on the emergency
card will be authorized to remove a child from school. If the name does not appear on
the emergency card, you must make arrangements with the school to have your child
picked up by someone different. This must be done in writing.
NO ONE UNDER 18 IS PERMITTED TO PICK A CHILD UP AT SCHOOL FOR ANY
REASON. AGAIN, ONLY AUTHORIZED PEOPLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO TAKE A
CHILD OUT OF SCHOOL #49. Custodial parents need to communicate with the
Grades K - 6
8:40 AM - Teachers report
8:45 AM - Students who walk to school for breakfast and bus students who eat
breakfast admitted to school
9:15 AM - Students are late
Lunch schedules will be sent home the first week of school
3:40 PM - Walkers dismissed
3:50 PM - All students dismissed
4:10 PM - Teachers depart
Uninterrupted Reading Blocks
Learning to read and reading to learn is essential to the success of
our students’ education. This year we are asking that you avoid
scheduling appointments of any kind during your child’s reading
time. He/she will bring home a class schedule after school starts
with a schedule of the school day. Phone calls to class rooms and
any other interruptions to the classroom will be prevented.
Excellent attendance is crucial if your child is going to receive a quality education. An
abundance of absences will negatively impact on your child's ability to receive that
education. Attendance is monitored on a daily basis. We must have your child in
attendance so that we can do the best job possible for our students. An attendance rate
below 95% is a concern and is considered unacceptable.
School #49 has adopted the IPS attendance/tardy policy in its entirety.
The parent of any student who incurs 5 absences within a semester shall be
required, along with the student, to attend a conference with the principal or her
designee. A plan for improved attendance must be developed at this conference.
Please call in all absences for your child by 10:00 AM. We need to
hear from you.
All students are recommended to receive appropriate instruction in this area. If you
object to this instruction, you are required to fill out a slip of paper so that your
child may be excluded.
Students must have signed permission slips for all field trips. No phone
permissions will be accepted.
The School #49 PTA is an extremely important part of the total educational
program. Volunteers help with school pictures, field experience supervision, room
and holiday parties, tutoring and visiting classrooms, and a number of other
activities. We hope to increase the level of participation of the parents at School
#49 this year. Call us. We always can find something for you to do.
PLEASE JOIN AND SUPPORT US IN OUR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE OUR CHILDREN'S
TOUCH MATH, SAXON MATH, APANGEA, and CALENDAR MATH
These programs will be used at varying grade levels to supplement the regular
education program. Students are required to learn addition and subtraction facts in 1st
and 2nd grade. Multiplication tables must be learned in Grade 3 with mastery by Grade
4. Grade 2 will begin the multiplication facts.
GIFTED AND TALENTED/HIGH ABILITY
This program will try and meet the needs of students who possess special talents
whether those talents are academic or creative in nature. The program is in continuous
development based on the needs of the child. We are currently working in the academic
areas. Your input is valued and needed. We believe that the teachers at School #49 will
William Penn School is fortunate to be paired with several businesses that are
committed to education. Lilly Technology Center provides tutors and mentors as well.
HP has been with the school for many years now. They provide many volunteers to work
with our students. We appreciate the help of these corporations.
PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES
Monitoring your child's progress throughout the school year is perhaps one of the most
important elements contributing to your child's success at school. Not only should this
be done through the monitoring of homework and discussing your child's school day
with him/her, but also you should develop a close line of communication with your
child's teacher through parent - teacher conferences. Parents In Touch Day is
scheduled in September for teacher conferences, but conferences can be arranged at
many other times. We prefer that you call school to arrange a time to visit with your
child's teacher or the principal. (226 - 4249)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ATTIRE
Children are requested to wear gym shoes or soft-soled shoes on gym day. Other types
of footwear may be worn on other days. Girls are requested to wear shorts under a
dress or skirt since physical education classes are coed. Necklaces and earrings should
not be worn on gym day. If a child wears glasses that cannot be removed,
parents should provide a strap to assure that the glasses would not be broken. If your
child does not need to wear his/her glasses at all times, encourage him/her to leave
them in the classroom during gym classes. If your child is not able to participate in
gym classes for extended periods, you must provide a doctor's excuse. Short-term
illnesses or disabilities should be reported to the teacher when the student arrives at
class. Please provide a note for short-term illnesses. All excuses for exclusion from
physical education classes must be reported to the principal.
IF YOUR CHILD INJURES HIMSELF/HERSELF IN ANY WAY DURING
THE SCHOOL DAY, HE/SHE MUST NOTIFY THE TEACHER.
Homework should be an extension of the classroom. Homework may be the
continuation of incomplete classroom assignments, or it may involve an enrichment
activity designed to extend the learning of the student. Homework should be completed
by the student and returned to school the following day.
We have found that poor homework habits contribute to lower grades for students.
Students will be responsible for charting their homework assignments. We are asking
you, as the parents, to check homework daily. This will be a good way for you to
monitor your child and help your child be responsible for his/her education. It will also
keep you informed of the subject matter that your child is studying. Our hope is that
you will support us in this endeavor. We want to do everything possible to ensure that
students develop habits that will help them be successful in school for years to come.
If you have questions about homework, please contact your child's teacher.
Students will participate in many assessments during the 2011-2012 school year. We
assess the students in many ways. Teachers assess daily by asking questions and
giving assignments. District-wide assessments will be given to all kindergarten through
six grade students. Our students will be assessed through DIBELS and SRI.
We will assess their reading fluency and comprehension using these assessments. In
addition to reading, we will assess math, science and social studies. We use the results
to best meet the needs of the students.
We will be using the results to plan instruction according to the students’ instructional
needs. These assessments will help us determine if a student is grasping the grade
level standards. The district assessment results will be shared with you.
The State of Indiana has mandated a testing program that involves Grades 3-6 in the
spring this year. This is called the ISTEP. Children who do not meet state standards on
this test may be eligible for remediation throughout the school year.
The ISTEP+ test will be given March 5-14th (Applied Skills) and April 30th-May 9th.
It is extremely important that your child attends school all day during testing periods.
Please do not make appointments during these weeks. Thanks in advance for your
Report cards are designed to give you information about your child's progress
throughout the year. However, the card should not be the only indicator of your child's
progression. Your child should bring returned and graded papers home on a consistent
basis along with a weekly report from the teacher. He/She will have homework on a
regular basis that you should monitor.
All IPS schools will operate under 9 week grading periods.
Mid-Terms (mid-grading period evaluations) will be sent home at the end of the
fourth/fifth week of each grading period for students. All students will bring their
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: GRADING
The establishment of grades 1-12 uniform grading policy in IPS assures that all administrative
guidelines are followed by all Certified Staff in determining letter grades according to grade-level
appropriate academic standards. The following grade scale will be:
Grade Percentage Value
School 49 believes in and adheres to the IPS Board Policy on dress code. It is our desire
to present the most positive image of our school and students as possible. All students
must adhere to the IPS Uniform Dress Code Policy by the first day of school, August 8,
2011. After August 8, 2011, any student not in uniform is subject to consequences
under the new uniform policy.
STUDENT DISMISSAL OTHER THAN REGULAR HOURS
You may arrive at school or write a note explaining why a student must leave school
early. Under no circumstances will a child be released to someone other than the legal
guardian or his/her designate (by signed statement of legal guardian). This information
MUST be on the medical emergency card along with working phone numbers.
Whether your child is a walker or a bus student, we request that you pick your child up
at the school office. A student sign out binder is located in the office. Every student
leaving early must be signed out on the proper class list. We may ask for ID if we do
not recognize you.
We must have a current working phone number or pager where we can reach you
during the day in case your child is sick or injured.
NO STUDENTS MAY LEAVE THE BUILDING WITHOUT THE
PERMISSION OF THE PRINCIPAL/ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL.
NO BUS STUDENTS WILL BE PERMITTED TO WALK HOME FOR ANY
If your child must take medication at anytime, you must complete a Medication Form.
This form can be found in your IPS Handbook or call the school and we will gladly send
one to you. This form must be completed before any medicine can be dispensed. If
this form is not on file for the child, we are not permitted to administer the
medication. Such medication must be sent in the original container and will be kept
in the Nurse's Office. The student will report to the nurse for his/her medication.
School #49 is most fortunate to have a full-time nurse on duty.
Every effort will be made to recognize student achievement, good citizenship, and
excellent attendance. Students who accomplish these tasks will be honored at our
Honors Day Programs at the end of each nine-week grading period. Pictures of
students will be taken as well as rewarding them with certificates and awards. All
parents are welcome to attend these events.
School 49 Honors Requirements
High Honor Roll: All A’s
Honor Roll: A’s and B’s only
Honorable Mention: All B’s
B.U.G. Award: Bring up grades without any going down.
Good Character Recognition: Less than 10 behavior marks in a nine week grading period.
Perfect Attendance: No absences
It is the parents' responsibility to see that the students have the proper supplies that
are appropriate to his/her grade level. Donated back packs and school supplies are
distributed during the Back to School Social, August 5, 2011 from 4:00-5:30 on a first
come basis. A supply list is available on our school website for all grades K-6. Our
school social worker is also available to assist if you have a financial need with
purchasing school supplies or school uniforms.
Since we only have limited telephone lines available, children will only be permitted to
use the telephone if their health or safety is involved. Use of the phone is denied for
forgotten homework, field trip permission, musical instruments, gym shoes, books, etc.
They may not use the telephone to make arrangements to go to the home of a friend.
The principal will determine use of the telephone by children for reasons not covered in
Please do not be offended if your phone call to a teacher is not put through to the room.
We will not allow instructional time to be interrupted. Teachers are given their
messages on a regular basis.
Likewise, we will not interrupt classes for you to talk with your child on the phone. We
will be glad to give the message to the teacher for communication to the child.
TEXT AND LIBRARY BOOKS
Textbooks and library books may be taken home. It is the responsibility of the child
and parent to insure that the materials are returned to school the following morning in
good condition. Homework papers and our important notices find their way home more
easily if the students use a strong book bag or backpack to carry books and papers
back and forth.
Parents are responsible for paying for any lost or damaged books or other school
You are welcome to visit School #49 at any time. Please remember that teachers and
principals, as well as parents, appreciate knowing when to expect visitors. For the
safety of our children, visitors must stop at the office before going to classrooms or
touring the building. Visiting is not a conference time and must be approved by the
school administration. If you would like to discuss an instructional or discipline matter
with a teacher you must schedule an appointment time.
Recess is an outdoor event.
The temperature and wind chill must be 40 degrees or higher.
The blacktop can be wet, but there must be no standing water in order for students to
have outdoor recess.
Recess can last for up to 15 minutes, depending on the instructional activities that
teachers have planned for the day.
When weather does not permit for outdoor recess, it is up to the individual teacher to
decide to conduct an indoor free choice activity time. This will be a quiet time where
students are seated and playing games or doing other activities that the teacher deems
appropriate. There will be no running or other physical activities in the classroom that
could lead to someone getting hurt or classroom materials getting harmed.
It is the parents’ responsibility to see that their child is dressed appropriately for outdoor
recess. Only those students who bring in a doctor’s statement will be permitted to stay
inside while their class goes out. That child will be placed in the care of another School
49 staff member until his or her class returns from being outside.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAMS
A form was sent to all patrons during the summer that gives you the opportunity to
apply for free or reduced lunch fees. If your child qualifies for free lunch, he/she also
qualifies for free textbook fees. These forms must be completed and turned in by
August 26, 2011 in order to be considered for this relief.
Breakfast for all students begins at 8:45AM.
Lunch is served according to the scheduled times.
School #49 is a universal feeding school. All students receive free breakfast and lunch.
HOWEVER, YOU MUST STILL FILL OUT THE APPLICATION.
JUST BECAUSE SCHOOL # 49 STUDENTS RECEIVE FREE LUNCH AND
BREAKFAST DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU QUALIFY FOR FREE BOOKS.
YOU MUST FILL OUT THE APPLICATION TO QUALIFY FOR THIS. NOT FILLING
OUT APPLICATIONS MAY MEAN THAT OUR SCHOOL LOSES ITS FREE STATUS.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
Failure to fill out the form will mean that you owe full prices for all books.
Please fill out the form!
The School #49 staff is continuing our discipline program this year. We will be involved
with Character Counts. Students will learn about the six character pillars of
trustworthiness, responsibility, respect for others, fairness, caring, and
citizenship. There will be 5 rules for the entire school. The rules will be the same in
the classrooms. Those rules are:
1. Listen carefully and keep your eyes on the speaker.
2. Follow the directions the first time given.
3. Walk appropriately.
4. Be kind and polite to show respect in actions and words.
5. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
This will allow a fair and consistent pattern of discipline to exist at School #49. This
practice allows the students to know the expectations of each teacher and the building
staff. Consequences for misbehavior include but are not limited to privilege revoked,
isolation in the classroom, in-school suspension, student-principal conferences,
teacher/student conferences, staying after school, teacher-parent conferences,
suspension, Saturday school, and arrest for severe cases.
Classrooms will be working to earn their “Tiger Stripes”. A classroom earning a
compliment from an adult can gain a stripe for that class. Each time a class reaches 25
Tiger Stripes, it will be recognized in some way.
Each student will start the day with “Tiger Pride”. Each student has a choice of either
keeping their Tiger Pride for the day, or losing their Tiger Pride for not behaving in a
Corporal punishment will not be used at School #49 since this is now against
Board Policy. If you wish to spank your child, you will need to take him/her off of
Student behavior that disrupts the education of other students will not be tolerated.
This type of behavior includes but is not limited to:
Refusal to do assignments
Refusal to participate
Disrespect to adults and/or other students
In addition to the Character Counts discipline program, School 49 will follow the
superintendent’s 6 Step Discipline Plan.
Should your child cause problems in the classroom or other areas of the building, you
will be required to accompany your child to school to see that the problem
disappears. No child will be allowed to choose failure!
Students who remain out of compliance may be suspended from school
attendance. The number of days for a suspension will be determined by the
administrator handling the incident. If your child is suspended from school, the
parent must bring the child to school on the day the suspension ends to re-enter
the child into the school setting. This is a required conference. In order to not
inconvenience parent work schedules, your children should understand that the
rules must be followed.
A number of students are transported to School #49 by bus. It is extremely important
that PARENTS talk with their child about behavior on the bus. Review the rules of
good behavior as well as the safety rules with your children. Misbehavior on the bus or
at the bus stop results in a safety hazard that could endanger your child or others on
the bus or bus stop. Repeated bus misbehavior will result in temporary suspension
of bus privileges. Continued misbehavior will result in your child being removed
from transportation services for the remainder of the school year. Responsibility
for transportation to and from school will be upon the parent should a student be
suspended from the bus. Students who are suspended from the bus MUST attend
school or they will be counted unexcused. This will then make it necessary for our
social services department to become involved. NO STUDENTS SUSPENDED FROM
THE BUS WILL BE PERMITTED TO WALK TO SCHOOL.
It is in all of our best interests to see that ALL children behave on the buses and
follow the directions of the drivers and monitors. This will prevent suspensions
which inconvenience parent work schedules and make it difficult for those
parents who do not have transportation to get their children to school.
Gang activity is prohibited at school or on school property. Students should refrain
from discussing gangs, participating in gangs, wearing gang colors or gang designs on
clothing, and marking gang symbols on papers, books, or body.
Gang activity should be reported to the administrator immediately. Appropriate
authorities will be notified by the school administrator.
The most significant impact on the child's behavior in school comes from parent
support. Please encourage your child to follow the school rules, and please take
decisive action when contacted by a teacher about behavior problems. If you have any
questions about the discipline policy at School #49, please feel free to call. (226 - 4249)
Some students may get involved in a situation that will need police investigation or
school investigation. We will do our best to keep you informed. However, if an officer
determines an arrest is in order, they have the right to proceed with the arrest or the
removal of a minor from the school without parent permission.
Again, if students follow the rules, we will avoid all of the situations listed above. The
primary purpose for children coming to school is to get an education. We cannot and
will not allow behaviors that spoil the learning environment for other children. All
children have the right to learn.
SCHOOL #49 STAFF
Rhonda Akers Principal
John Airola Interim Assistant Principal
Kris Walker Guess Assistant Principal
Heidi Cazee Administrative Asst.
Beverly Wire Secretary
Sarah Gould Social Worker
Barb Lyons Social Worker
Pat Martin Speech
Barb Pipher Psychologist
Stacy Heishman Special Education Compliance Monitor
Theresa Carter Nurse
Debra Scott Grade 6
Karen Linn Grade 6
Kathleen Borden Grade 6
Katie Arnold Grade 5
Pam Britt Grade 5
Karen Murphy Grade 5
Angie Smith Grade 5
Stacy Taylor Grade 4
Amy Chan Grade 4
Jayme Gannon Grade 4
Harold Drake Grade 4
Kim Flake Grade 3
Deborah Wooldridge Grade 3
Colin Webb Grade 3
Bonnie Severson Grade 3
Joanna Danner Grade 2
Pamela Marr Grade 2
Sheryl Wright Grade 2
Beth Coffey Grade 2
Carol Gardner Grade 2
Brenda Nell Grade 1
Joan Rogers Grade 1
Kristi Keefe Grade 1
Kelley Rose Grade 1
Jill Cross Grade 1
Kris Tramel Grade 1
Melisa Alkire Grade KG
Pam Tyree Grade KG
Kim Low Grade KG
Kim Hamilton Grade KG
Melitta Robbins Grade KG
Margaret Miller Grade KG
Lori Dougherty Primary Severe Disabilities
Kris Duncan Intermediate Severe Disabilities
Ann Smock Special Education
Jennifer Mroz Special Education
Abigail Martin Special Education
Meghan Highfield Special Education
Penny Mack Special Education
Judy Weddell Title Teacher
Virginia Lentz Title Teacher
Katie Sommers Title Teacher
Cathy Berger ESL
Millie Colvin ESL
Katherine Delbridge ESL
Adam Pitt ESL
Angie Gross ESL
Tabitha Watts ESL
Debra Bear Music
Suellen Sharp Music
Barbara Ervin Art
Marianne Hawkins Art
Jim Kuntz PE
Cory Adams PE
Jennifer Blair Su Chirinos
Pamela Sapoff Haymara Hanomancin
Tina Vasquez Hilda Lopez
Tonya Randolph Faustino Sanchez
Arlene Beckem Sheila Tate
Kalista Sarver Deneice Love
Dawn Nowakoski Jeffrey Robinson
Kristine Webb Shawn Ray
Lynette Short Sean Rowe
Nubia Adams Thelma Hines
Board Policy Addendum:
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TITLE IX POLICY FORBIDDING SEX DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
Policy against Sex Discrimination
In accordance with applicable law, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Indiana Civil
Rights Law, it is the policy of Indianapolis Public Schools that no student will be excluded from participation in, be
denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any education program or activity on the basis of sex. A
student may not, on the basis of sex, be limited in the enjoyment of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity,
including courses, extracurricular activities, benefits, and facilities.
Prohibition against Sexual Harassment
The policy against sex discrimination includes a prohibition against sexual harassment. Sexual harassment consists
of sexual advances, sexual gestures, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
that is unwelcome and that limits or denies, on the basis of sex, a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from
the education program.
This policy prohibits sexual harassment by an employee or agent of IPS, by another student, and by third parties
who come in contact with students at school or at school-related activities. This policy also prohibits any employee
from being in a locked room with a student.
Title IX Coordinator
IPS has designated a Title IX Coordinator, who has responsibility for IPS’ compliance with Title IX, including
directing the investigation of complaints and reports of sex discrimination and harassment and assuring that prompt
and effective corrective action is taken. The IPS Title IX Coordinator is:
Name: Ginger Arvin
Address: 120 E. Walnut St., Room 602B, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: (317) 226-3870
E-mail Address: email@example.com
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Making a Complaint
Parents and students are encouraged promptly to submit a complaint or provide information about suspected sex
discrimination or harassment so that IPS can take appropriate action to resolve the situation. A parent or student
should make the complaint or report orally or in writing to the building administrator, school counselor, school
social worker, or directly to the Title IX Coordinator. A report should be made as soon as possible after the
complained-of incident, preferably within ten days after the parent has been notified by a student of sex
discrimination or harassment so that IPS can address the matter while memories are fresh and before a situation
becomes more severe. However, IPS would continue to accept complaints after the ten-day filing period.
Every employee of IPS is required immediately to report in writing to the Title IX Coordinator suspected sex
discrimination or harassment of a student whether it is based on the employee’s witnessing such conduct or on
information from the student, the student’s parent, or a third party.
Investigation and Corrective Action
The Title IX Coordinator will promptly investigate, or direct the investigation of, complaints and reports of sex
discrimination or harassment. The investigation will be completed in a timely manner, the time depending on the
nature and complexity of the issues but generally taking no more than 30 days.
The Title IX Coordinator will assist the building principal in determining whether to take interim measures during
the investigation and whether IPS is required to report the incident that is the subject of the complaint to Child
At the conclusion of the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will report the result to the Superintendent,
including, where appropriate, making a recommendation for reasonable, timely, age-appropriate, and effective
correction action. The Superintendent may impose discipline up to and including a recommendation for employee
termination or student expulsion. The Title IX Coordinator will advise the Complainant and the person accused of
misconduct, in writing, whether or not the allegations were found to be substantiated.
Except to the extent an employee or student has a statutory right to challenge the Superintendent’s recommendation
for expulsion or termination or an employee has a collectively bargained right to challenge the imposition of
discipline, the decision of the Superintendent is final.
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The Superintendent is directed to promulgate administrative guidelines and arrange for appropriate training for
implementation of this policy. The guidelines will include complaint procedures providing for prompt and equitable
resolution of complaints alleging sex discrimination or harassment of a student.
This policy should be read in conjunction with IPS’ general anti-harassment policy and procedures for reporting
abuse and neglect to Child Protective Services.
20 U.S.C. § 1681
IC. 22-9-1-1 etseq.
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The following procedures shall be used for reporting, investigating, and resolving complaints of bullying.
Building Administrators/Designees have the responsibility of conducting investigations concerning the
claim of bullying. The investigators shall be a neutral party having had no involvement in the complaint
Any student, employee, or third party who has knowledge of conduct in violation of Policy 5517.01 or feels
s/he has been a victim of bullying in violation of Policy 5517.01 is encouraged to immediately report
All complaints will be promptly investigated in accordance with the following procedures:
Any complaints, allegations, or rumors of bullying shall be presented to the Building
Administrator/designee. Students may also report their concerns to their teacher or counselor who will be
responsible for notifying the appropriate Administrator. Complaints against the Administrator shall be
filed with the Assistant Superintendent for either Elementary Education or Secondary Education.
Information may be initially presented anonymously. All such information will be reduced to writing and
will include the specific nature of the offense and corresponding dates. If the person filing the complaint is
an adult, s/he must sign the charge affirming its veracity. If the person filing the complaint is a minor, s/he
may either sign the charge or affirm its veracity before two (2) administrators.
The Administrator receiving the complaint shall promptly investigate. Parents will be notified of the nature
of any complaint involving their student. The Administrator will arrange such meetings as may be
necessary with all concerned parties within five (5) work days after receipt of the information of a
complaint. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses. All findings
related to the complaint will be reduced to writing. The Administrator conducting the investigation shall
notify the complainant and parents as appropriate, in writing, when the investigation is concluded and a
decision regarding the disciplinary action, as warranted, is determined.
A copy of the notification letter, together with any other documentation related to the incident, including
disciplinary action taken or recommended shall be forwarded to the appropriate Assistant Superintendent.
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If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 2, s/he may submit a written appeal to the
appropriate Assistant Superintendent or designee. Such appeal must be filed within five (5) school days
after receipt of the Step 2 decision. The Assistant Superintendent/Designee will arrange such meetings
with the complainant and other affected parties as deemed necessary to review and discuss the appeal. The
Assistant Superintendent or Designee shall provide a written decision to the complainants appeal within
five (5) school days of the appeal being filed.
If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 3, s/he may submit a written appeal to the
Superintendent. Such appeal must be filed within five (5) school days after receipt of the Step 3 decision.
The Superintendent will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other affected parties as deemed
necessary to review and discuss the appeal. The Superintendent shall provide a written decision to the
complainants appeal within five (5) school days of the appeal being filed.
If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 4, s/he may submit a written appeal to the Board
of School Commissioners. Such appeal must be filed within five (5) school days after receipt of the Step 4
decision. The Board of School Commissioners will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other
affected parties as deemed necessary to review and discuss the appeal. The Board of School
Commissioners shall provide a written decision to the complainants appeal within five (5) school days of
the appeal being filed.
Documentation related to the incident, other than any discipline imposed or remedial action taken, will be
maintained in a file separate from the student’s education records.
Retaliation against any person, who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise
participates in an investigation or inquiry related to a complaint of bullying is prohibited. Such retaliation
shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy and independent of whether a complaint is
substantiated. False charges shall also be regarded as a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action
or other appropriate sanctions. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as bullying.dfS