The following factors, at a minimum, shall be given full consideration by school administrators in determining appropriate consequences and remedial measures for acts of bullying:

Factors for Determining Consequences

  • Age, development, and maturity levels of the parties involved

  • Degree of harm

  • Surrounding circumstances

  • Nature and severity of the behavior(s)

  • Incidences of past or continuing pattern(s) of behavior

  • Relationship between the parties involved

  • Context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred

Factors for Determining Remedial Measures

  • Life skill competencies

  • Social relationships

  • Strengths, talents, interests

  • Extra-curricular activities

  • Classroom participation

Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a student who bullies may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Remedial measures will be designed to: protect the victim of the act, correct the problem behavior, and prevent another occurrence of the behavior. The consequences and remedial measures may include, but are not limited to:

Examples of Consequences

  • Temporary removal from the classroom

  • Loss of privileges

  • In-school suspension during the school week

  • Out-of-school suspension

  • Expulsion or expulsion

Examples of Remedial Measures

  • Framing the aggressive behavior as a failed attempt to solve a real problem or reach a goal. The adult assists the misbehaving student to find a better way to solve the problem or meet the goal.

  • Restitution and restoration

  • Transformative conferencing/restorative justice

  • Peer support group

  • Corrective instruction or other relevant learning or service experience

  • Supportive discipline to increase accountability for the bullying offense

  • Behavioral assessment or evaluation, including, but not limited to, a referral to a Child Study Team, as appropriate

  • Behavioral management plan with benchmarks that are closely monitored

  • Student counseling, treatment, and/or therapy

  • Parent/guardian conferences

The General Studies Director, School Counselor, and (when necessary) the Head of School will determine whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of this policy. Heilicher prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation shall be determined by the administrator after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act.

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