Quoted from the NSSD112 Policies on their website:
The NSSD112 Policy on Preventing Bullying
"Bullying diminishes a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing
students from engaging in this disruptive behavior is an important District goal. The District will
not tolerate bullying whether verbal, physical or visual as bullying interferes with a student’s
educational performance by creating a hostile or offensive educational environment. Bullying is
defined as a single or repeated act that intimidates or mistreats another for the purpose of making
him or her feel or appear weak. Bullying creates a substantial interference with the operation of
the school and affects the educational opportunities for an individual or group of students which
• Physical or psychological harm to a student and/or
• Knowingly puts a student in reasonable anticipation of physical or psychological harm,
• Creates a reasonable anticipation of harm to a student’s property.
Bullying also includes directing threatening, vulgar, obscene, demeaning language in oral,
written and/or electronic form, towards one or more students, whether or not the student (s) is
physically present when the language is spoken or displayed. Bullying is prohibited on school
grounds, on school transportation, at school-sponsored events, in school-sponsored publications
and all other forums that may reasonably be perceived as sponsored by the school.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a program that:
1. Fully implements and enforces each of the following Board policies:
a. Policy 7:190 Student Discipline. This policy prohibits students from engaging in any
kind of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to another or
any urging of other students to engage in such prohibited conduct that includes, but is
not limited to, any use of force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, hazing, or
behavior intended to intimidate or mistreat another for the purpose of making him or
her feel or appear weak.
b. Policy 7:310 Restrictions on Publications and Written or Electronic Material. This
policy prohibits students from: (i) accessing and/or distributing at school any written
or electronic material, including material from the Internet, that will cause disruption
of the operation of the school or school activities, and (ii) creating and/or distributing
at school any written or electronic material, including Internet material and blogs, that
cause disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or
c. Policy 7:20 Harassment of Students Prohibited. This policy prohibits any person
from harassing or intimidating a student based upon a student’s sex, color, race,
appearance, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability,
sexual orientation or other protected group status. Full implementation of the above
policies includes: (a) conducting a prompt and thorough investigation of alleged
incidents of bullying behavior, (b) providing each student who violates one or more
of these policies with appropriate consequences and remedial action and (c)
protecting students against retaliation for reporting such conduct.
2. Examines the appropriate steps to understand and rectify conditions that foster
bullying; this contemplates taking action to eliminate or prevent these disruptive
behaviors beyond punitive disciplinary actions.
3. Includes bullying prevention and character instruction in all grades in accordance
with State law and Policy 6:60 Curriculum Content. This includes incorporating
student social and emotional development into the District’s educational program as
required by State law and in alignment with Policy 6:65 Student Social and
4. Informs staff members of the District’s goal to prevent students from engaging in
bullying and the measures being used to accomplish it. This includes: (a)
communicating the District’s expectation, and the State law requirement, that teachers
and other certificated employees maintain discipline and (b) establishing a process
for staff members to fulfill their obligation to report alleged acts of bullying or other
acts of actual or threatened violence.
5. Expects all members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers
and visitors, to report alleged acts of bullying and other acts of actual or threatened
6. Involves students’ parents/guardians in the remediation of the behavior(s) of concern.
This includes ensuring that all parents/guardians are notified, as required by State
law, whenever their child engages in aggressive behavior.
7. Communicates the District’s expectation that all students conduct themselves with a
proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students. This includes a process for
commending or acknowledging students for demonstrating appropriate behavior.
8. Communicates this policy to students and their parents/guardians. This includes
annually disseminating information to all students and parents/guardians explaining
the serious disruption caused by bullying and that these behaviors will be taken
seriously and are not acceptable in any form.
9. Engages in ongoing monitoring that includes collecting and analyzing appropriate
data on the nature and extent of bullying in the District’s schools and, after
identifying appropriate indicators, assesses the effectiveness of the various strategies,
programs and procedures and reports the results of this assessment to the Board along
with recommendations to enhance effectiveness.
10. Complies with State and federal law and is in alignment with Board policies. This
includes prompting the Board to update the policy beginning every two years after its
initial adoption and filing this policy with the Illinois State Board of Education after the
Board adopts or updates it."