RTA ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT POLICY
RTA believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. Our school believes in promoting mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance. We will not tolerate bullying or any other behavior that infringes on the safety of any student.
Bullying is the systematic and chronic inflicting of physical hurt or psychological distress on another person. The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-276.01 defines bullying as …
“any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. ‘Bullying’ includes cyber bullying. ‘Bullying’ does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”
The RTA Board adopts the definition of bullying as stated in the Code of Virginia and expounds upon it for further clarification to ensure an anti-bullying learning environment is maintained in school.
Bullying involves physical and emotional behaviors that are intentional, controlling, and hurtful that create a harassing, intimidating, or hostile educational environment. Bullying includes threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing words or behaviors that are severe or pervasive enough to create feelings of intimidation, alienation, or humiliation which unreasonably interfere with the school performance or participation of others.
RTA is committed to instilling in students the finest values of humanity and civility. Bullying is unacceptable in our school. Bullying harms the school culture and climate, and the individual lives of the victim, the bystander, and the bully.
Bullying should be prevented and intervention should be taken in cases where bullying has been reported or is suspected. Bullying prevention and intervention programming should include evidenced-based curricula and practices and strategies.
Incidents of bullying are to be reported and investigated as soon as possible.
Developmentally appropriate intervention with students accused of bullying, as well as those identified as the victims, and resolution of all complaints are essential to maintaining a safe learning environment. Records are to be kept and collected.
Bullying prevention and response will be a team effort led by the faculty and administration of the school. It includes (but is not limited to) the following:
- Expectation for staff and/or students to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or guidance counselor, who will promptly investigate any and all incidents;
- A zero tolerance policy for any intimidation meant to deter student reporting of bullying, or retaliation for such;
- Expectation that in keeping with our mission, the code of behavior and respect expected by Torah standards will be enforced at all times;
- Discussions and workshops for staff and students on how to prevent and identify bullying and how to take appropriate steps to intervene with bullying;
- Teacher discussions with students on the topic in age-appropriate ways;
- Parental involvement when bullying has been identified;
- Notification of law enforcement if it is suspected a criminal offense may have occurred.
Students whose actions are in violation of the anti-bullying policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
This anti-bullying policy will be displayed….
- in the staff handbook received by all staff
- in the parent handbook received by all families
- on the school’s website.
If a complainant student or the parent of the student feels that appropriate resolution of a bullying situation has not been reached, the student or the parent of the student should contact the Principal. If after doing so, the parent believes the issue has still not been properly resolved, he/she should contact the President of the Board of Directors.