Griswold Public Schools Safe School Climate Plan
District-Wide Safe Schools Climate Coordinator: Campus-Wide Athletics and Activities Director -Stephen Cravinho SCravinho@griswoldpublicschools.org
Position Statement on School Climate
Griswold Public Schools has always, and will continue to, foster an academic environment that is safe, comfortable, and tolerant of all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or other discerning characteristics. In order to maintain a safe school climate everywhere on campus, the district does many things to educate and promote positive and respectful behavior; the district also has a comprehensive response system (which includes discipline and intervention) when a person or persons are disrespectful or mean to anyone else.
The district has agreed to take a strong stance against bullying and harassing behavior both on and off school campus that would cause any person to feel unsafe or uncomfortable while on campus. This type of behavior includes actions taken in school, on school busses, at school-sponsored activities, on and off school property, electronically (through the use of cell phones, social media, or other electronic means), and any other circumstance that fits the definition of bullying as set forth by the State of CT.
Definition of Bullying
"Bullying" means (A) the repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same school district, or (B) a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in the same school district, that: (i) Causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student's property, (ii) places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property, (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for such student, (iv) infringes on the rights of such student at school, or (v) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Bullying shall include, but not be limited to, a written, oral or electronic communication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics.
In order to minimize incidents of bullying or harassing, and to fully address incidents once they occur, each school will develop a comprehensive reporting and response plan that will include several sections:
• A convenient, thorough, and manageable reporting system that can be used anonymously or not to report a possible incident of bullying to building administration and the school’s climate specialist
• A clearly defined procedure to be followed when investigating every report of alleged bullying, which will include a determination of whether or not bullying has occurred and next steps to follow to address the situation
• Clearly defined expectations for notifying the parents/guardians of both the bully and the victim of the bully, which includes an opportunity to meet with building administration about the results of the investigation
• A clearly defined follow-up procedure with the victim and his/her family after the bullying situation has been addressed to determine if there have been any further incidents related to the reported problem
• A clearly defined recording and filing system, which includes a mechanism to follow when a request has been made of a school about their history of bullying incidents
• A non-all-inclusive list of strategies to be used to educate the bully or bullies about what bullying is and the effects of bullying and ways to prevent any future incidents of bullying
*GAHS will be overseen by the GAHS Principal, with support from the GHS Associate Principal
**Pre-K will be overseen by the Elementary Principal, with support from the GES Assistant Principal
• Establish each year a district Safe Schools Climate Coordinator and three School Climate Specialists for Griswold Elementary School, Griswold Middle School, and Griswold High School & Alternative School
• Each building will establish a committee that is responsible for developing and fostering a safe school climate and addressing issues related to bullying in school, which must include at least one parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in the school
• Have the Safe School Climate Plan (SSCP) approved by the Griswold BOE before January 1, 2012
• Establish a plan to have a bullying policy and plan in writing at all buildings and include them in student handbooks, agendas, and mailings at all four schools for the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year
• Once the plan has been submitted to the State of CT DOE, the plan will be posted to the district website, each school’s website, and at Central Office within thirty (30) days of approval
• Provide training for all school employees at each building to be done by the school climate specialists. All employees, include, but are not limited to, faculty, staff, paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria workers, custodians, secretaries, and bus drivers.