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BRSSD and Nesbit School has a strong commitment to ensuring that all children are able to attend a safe school environment.  At Nesbit, Lifeskills are taught at Morning Gathering every Wednesday and in the classrooms on a daily basis.  Lifeskills such as respectfulness, responsibility, truthfulness, trustworthiness, inclusiveness, perseverance, integrity, initiative, flexibility are some of the Lifeskills that are covered with the children.

Children are taught to understand that extending friendship, being loving and kind to others, being inclusive is the expectation at Nesbit rather than the exception.  As a result, mean, unkind or bullying behaviors are not tolerated.  Children are taught to deal with "mean" or "bullying" situations through discussions, conferences and role plays.  

At Nesbit, we define "mean" behavior as unkind behaviors that occur on an individual basis -- a child says something rude to another for the first time is considered to be "mean" rather than being a "bully."  A child who steals another child's ball for the first time is considered to be "mean" rather than being a "bully."

"Bullying" behavior has a very different tone and flavor and its impact on the victim is significantly more pronounced.  Bullying behavior occurs often between children of unequal power and/or over a period of time.  The impact on the victim is often profound and deep.  For example, an older child who shoves a younger child is considered to be a "bully" even if it happens only once because of the power imbalance as well as because older students have been taught extensively to refrain from aggressive acts towards younger children.  Another example of bullying behavior might be one child engaging in aggressive or intimidating behavior with another child over a period of time even if the children are of the same power level.

Children are taught that when dealing with "mean" or "bullying" behavior they have options -- they can say, "Stop it.  I don't like it" in an assertive voice with eye contact.  They can also use "I messages" -- "I felt sad when you took my ball away."  Children are also taught to ask for help from an adult if the child doesn't stop.  All children are taught that as soon as they feel scared or afraid of others to go directly to a trusted adult and ask for help.

Consequences for Bullying

Consequences for Those Who Bully

Any student who engages in bullying on school premises, or off campus in a manner that causes or is likely to cause a substantial disruption of a school activity or school attendance, shall be subject to discipline, which may include suspension or expulsion, in accordance with district policies and regulations.

No student or group of students shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any other student or school personnel.

Cyberbullying includes the transmission of harassing communications, direct threats, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social media, or other technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device.  Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person's electronic account and assuming that person's identity in order to damage that person's reputation.