Cyberbullying

The Warwick Board of School Directors is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for district students. The Board recognizes that bullying/ cyberbullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence. Therefore, the Board prohibits all forms of bullying/ cyberbullying by district students.

Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:

  • Substantial interference with a student’s education
  • Creation of a threatening environment
  • Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school

School setting means in the schools, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or any activity sponsored, supervised, or sanctioned by the school.

Each student is responsible for respecting the rights of others and to ensure an atmosphere free from bullying. A student who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the Code of Student Conduct/Student Handbook, which may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Counseling within the school
  • Parental conference
  • Loss of school privileges
  • Transfer to another classroom or bus
  • Exclusion from school-sponsored activities
  • Detention
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Counseling/therapy outside of school
  • Referral to law enforcement officials

All forms of bullying are unacceptable. Any student who believes he/she has been subjected to bullying/cyberbullying should promptly report such bullying to a staff member.