• Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying

     Any student who believes he or she has been the target of unresolved, severe, or persistent harassment, intimidation or bullying, or any other person in the school community who observes or receives notice that a student has or may have been the target of unresolved, severe, or persistent harassment, intimidation or bullying may report incidents verbally or in writing to any staff member. If the allegations in a written report of harassment, intimidation or bullying indicate a potential violation of this procedure, the district employee who receives the report must promptly notifies the HIB compliance officer.

    Debi Christensen, Executive Director for Human Resources
    Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying (HIB) Compliance Officer
    121 Whitesell St NE
    Orting, WA 98360
    360-893-6500, ext. 243

    christensend@orting.wednet.edu

     

    Non Discrimination

     Orting School District provides equal opportunities in education and employment. The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees are designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Title IX/Sex Equity Officer, or Section 504/ADA Coordinator, for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW, in writing at 121 Whitesell Street NE Orting, WA 98360 or by telephone at 360-893-6500.

    Christopher Willis, Executive Director for Special Services and Intervention
    Section 504 Coordinator
    121 Whitesell St NE
    Orting, WA 98360
    360-893-6500, ext. 233

    willisc@orting.wednet.edu

     

    Debi Christensen, Executive Director for Human ResourcesADA Coordinator
    Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
    Title IX/Sex Equity Officer
    121 Whitesell St NE
    Orting, WA 98360
    360-893-6500, ext. 243

    christensend@orting.wednet.edu

  • What Parents Should Know and How to Help
    Information for parents to use in preventing bullying & risky online behaviors

    What should a parent do if they suspect their child is being bullied?

    If the bullying occurs during the school day, contact the administrator of your child’s school to report bullying. The administrator will then follow-up with involved students to confirm the report of bullying. Administrators will document all of the information for each situation, and if necessary, will report to law enforcement. Administrators will also refer the bullying victim to counseling, if appropriate and will follow-up on the well-being of any involved students in the school through direct and parent contacts. Students will receive disciplinary action in keeping with school policies for violations that occur at school or off-campus when violations create an unsafe or disruptive effect.

    Tips for parents on identifying and stopping bullying and harassment

    Encourage your child to speak with you about bullying at school. Studies show that children often don’t tell their parents or other adults about bullying because they believe that the adults will not believe them. Children may also think that they should be able to solve their own problems. Other children may be afraid that telling an adult will result in worse treatment from the child doing the bullying. Below are tips on ways to identify if your child is being bullied. These tips are from the Steps to Respect program.

    Signs that may indicate that your child is being bullied:

    • Fear of riding the school bus
    • Cuts or bruises
    • Damaged clothing or belongings
    • Frequently “lost” lunch money
    • Frequent requests to stay home from school
    • Frequent unexplained minor illnesses
    • Sleeplessness or nightmares
    • Depression, or lack of enthusiasm for hobbies or friends
    • Declining school performance

    What can I do if my child is bullied?

    • Assure your child that he/she is not to blame.
    • Instruct your child not to fight back. Bullying lasts longer and becomes more severe when children fight back. Physical injuries are often the result.
    • Advise your child to report all bullying incidents to an adult at school or a parent. 
    • Role-play friendship-developing social skills with your child. For example you can help him/her practice making conversation, joining a group activity, being respectful, and being assertive. Friendships can help buffer a child from the harmful effects of bullying.

    Information on risky online behavior, including bullying and harassment

    These are the types of risky behaviors that students are participating in online:

    • Posting personal information online
    • Interacting with unknown people
    • Having unknown people on a friend list
    • Using the internet to make rude and nasty comments to others
    • Sending personal information to unknown people
    • Downloading images from file-sharing programs
    • Visiting X-rated sites on purpose
    • Using the internet to embarrass or harass people you are mad at
    • Talking online with unknown people about sex
      Source: Janis Wolak et al., Online “Predators” and their Victims: Myths, Realities and Implications for Prevention and Treatment, 63 American Psychologist 111 (2008).

    Tips for parents on risky online behavior:

    Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their children’s use of online resources.

    • Keep the computer in a busy area of your home.
    • Check your child’s text messages and social network (Facebook, Formspring, etc.) pages frequently and randomly - remember, you are paying for the devices and access, and you may be liable for misuse.
    • Talk about cyberbullying: ask your child if they know someone who has been a victim – ask if they have been victimized.
    • Restricting access to social networking or chat rooms will not eradicate the problems – students are tech savvy and will find ways around your restrictions, and may participate in more dangerous online activity.

    Tips for parents to share with their students
    Talk about these risky online behaviors with your child and explain how these behaviors may make your child unsafe.

    • One should never post, text, or email a snide remark about another person that you would not be willing to say to that person directly.
    • Never give out personal information online, whether in instant message profiles, chat rooms, blogs, or personal Web sites.
    • Parents are the only ones who should ever have access to student passwords. Students should never give a password or other personal identification to a friend.
    • Never respond to a threatening message. Save it or print it out and show it to an adult.
    • Never open email from an unknown sender or from someone who is known as a bully.
    • Never put anything online or into an email that you would not want your classmates or your family to see.
    • Do not send an email when you are angry. Wait 24 hours. Before clicking “send,” ask how you would feel to get that message.
    • Never join in when someone is bullying others. Show such messages to an adult.
    • Be as polite online as you should always be in person.