HIB Information & Resources

  • Defining Bullying

    We define harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) as intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical acts 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, and 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 act in both cases. 

    Conflict/Fighting Behaviors  

    • Between friends/equals/peers 
    • Spontaneous/occasional  
    • 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 

    Bullying Behaviors

    • Not friends/imbalance of power 
    • Repeated over time 
    • Intentional  
    • 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 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

    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

    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. 


Report Bullying

Creating Healthy Environments

Teasing & Bullying are Different

Credit: StopBullying.gov

Frequently Asked HIB Questions

  • What should I do if my child is being bullied online?

  • 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 discrimination-based harassment?

  • What if the incident involves suspected harassment, intimidation, and bullying to your child by a staff member at the school?

  • Where can I find KSD policies and procedures on harassment, intimidation and bullying?

  • Where can I find general bullying resources?

Last Modified on July 12, 2023