Bullying Policy


Lakeview Leadership Academy Bullying Policy

LLA believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. The district, schools, and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance.

LLA will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. A student shall not intimidate, harass, or bully another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes: direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation including but not limited to cyber-bullying.

LLA expects students and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee. Staff who witness such acts take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so. Each complaint of bullying should be promptly investigated. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, during the lunch period, whether on or off campus, and during a school-sponsored activity.

Students who bully are in violation of this policy and are subject to disciplinary action  including detention, suspension and even expulsion.

The Student Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any student who engages in bullying may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

  • Students are expected to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee.

  • Students can rely on staff to promptly investigate each complaint of bullying in a thorough and confidential manner.

  • Any violation of Ca. Ed. Code(s) 48900 (. r ), (. a1 ), (.4 )

BULLYING means the use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof directed at a student that:

  • Causes physical or emotional harm to the student or damage to the student’s property.

  • Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property.

  • Creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment for the student.

  • Infringes on the rights of the student to participate in school activities

  • Materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

Bullying most often occurs as repeated behavior and often is not a single incident between the bullying/cyber-bullying offender(s) and the bullying victim(s).

At LLA we support UPSTANDERS! An Upstander is someone who takes action when they witness bullying. Even one person’s support can make a big difference for someone who is being bullied. When youth who are bullied are defended and supported by their peers, they are less anxious and depressed than those who are not.

There are many things that bystanders to bullying can do to become upstanders:

  • Question the bullying behavior. Simple things like changing the subject or questioning the behavior can shift the focus.

  • Use humor to say something funny and redirect the conversation.

  • There is strength in numbers too! Bystanders can intervene as a group to show there are several people who don’t agree with the bullying.

  • Walk with the person who is the target of bullying to help diffuse potential bullying interactions.

  • Reach out privately to check in with the person who was bullied to let them know you do not agree with it and that you care. It makes a difference.

 

If you feel like you’ve been a victim of bullying or you have witnessed inappropriate behavior, you can make an anonymous report here. Lakeview Leadership Academy takes all reporting of bullying and/or harassment seriously. For further assistance you may reach the Assistant Principals office at 760.955.3400 ext. 46161 or 46109.