What is Bullying?
We define harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) as intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act that:
- Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property.
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education.
- Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Conflict is inevitable, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are not.
Conflict is a natural part of life. People view things differently, have disagreements, treat each other mean at times. It is important not to label conflict/fighting as bullying. Schools use these guidelines to help determine if this is a conflict or a situation of HIB.
Please note that the school will take action in both cases.
- Between friends/equals/peers
- Accidental/not planned
- Little or no serious/lasting harm
- Equal emotional reaction to the incident
- Not done for domination/control
- Sense of remorse
- Desire to solve the problem
- Not friends/imbalance of power
- Repeated over time
- Physical/emotional harm
- Unequal emotional reaction to the incident
- Seeking control/possession/domination
- No remorse, blames the target
- No effort to solve the problem
Teaching Students to Help End Bullying
Our social-emotional learning curriculum, taught at all grade levels, helps students develop skills to solve conflicts and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion in our schools.
Second Step is designed to teach developmentally appropriate social-emotional skills to children in grades K-8. Some of the skills taught include empathy, problem-solving, and emotion management.
Kelso's Choice is a conflict-management program for elementary students. Kelso the Frog helps teach students ways to resolve minor conflicts on their own. The program also teaches students the difference between problems they can solve on their own and major problems that require adult help.
Let Your School Know
All instances of suspected harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying should be reported to your school’s principal or assistant principal in any of the following ways:
- In person
- Over the phone
- By email
You may also complete the official HIB Report Form and submit it to the school’s main office.
This quiz can help parents determine if their child is a bully or is being bullied.Information, resources, and links from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).Managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website contains resources and information on bullying, cyberbullying, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should students do if they are being bullied or see bullying happening?
What will the school and district do if HIB is reported?
What will be determined from an investigation?
What happens after the investigation is completed?
What can students or families do if they don't agree with the outcome of an investigation?
What about harassment or discrimination based on a protected status like gender, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation?
Where can I find KSD policies and procedures on harassment, intimidation and bullying?