Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policies



Title IX Coordinator:

John Nagy
Room 258
860 695-9258
jnagy@hartfordschools.org

Section 504 Coordinator:

Carol Forand, 504 Program Manager
960 Main Street – 8th Floor
860 695-8804
CForand@hartfordschools.org

 

HARASSMENT/DISCRIMINATION/BULLYING

Nondiscrimination Per the Board of Education policy 5162, Classical Magnet Schools complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws prohibiting the exclusion of any person from any of its educational programs or activities, or the denial to any person of the benefits of any of its educational programs or activities because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, or disability, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law. Bullying and Harassment Behavior in Schools The Hartford Board of Education promotes a safe and secure school climate conductive to teaching and learning. In accordance with state law, it is the policy of the Hartford Board of Education that any form of bullying behavior, whether in the classroom, on school property, on the internet (cyberbullying), traveling to or from school, or at school-sponsored events, is prohibited.

Such behavior is disruptive of the educational process and, therefore, not acceptable behavior in this district. Definitions:

• Bullying shall mean any overt acts by a student or group of students directed against another student with the intent to ridicule, harass, humiliate, or intimidate the other student while on school grounds, traveling to or from school, or at a school-sponsored activity, which acts are repeated against the same student over time.
• Bullying could include such behaviors as physical intimidation or assault; extortion; oral or written threats; teasing; putdowns; name-calling; threatening looks, gestures, actions, cruel rumors; false accusations; and social isolation.
• Bullying shall include, but not limited to written, verbal or electronic communication or gesture based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and 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.
• Cyberbullyingrefers to any act of bullying through the use of the internet, interactive and digital technologies, cellular mobile telephone or other mobile electronic devices or any electronic communications.
• School-sponsored activitymeans any activity that the Board of Education sponsors, recognizes or authorizes on or off school property, including travel between home and school. Students who engage in bullying behavior shall be subject to school discipline that may include expulsion in accordance with the Board’s policy on student discipline. Any student who feels bullied or harassed or has witnessed such may make a referral. The referral formsare located in all school offices as well as the media center. Students may request a form from any teacher as well.
• No form of harassment/discrimination will be tolerated whether related to race, gender, color, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, present and past history of mental disorder, mental retardation, learning disability or abilities unrelated to performance.
• No form of bullying will be tolerated. See definition above. Bullying could include such behaviors as physical intimidation or assault, extortion, verbal or /written threats, teasing; putdowns; name-calling; threatening looks; gestures; actions; cruel rumors; false accusation, and or social isolation.
• Reports of harassment/discrimination/bullying maybe made to any school authority figure verbally or in writing. The authority figure must initiate due process/procedures. The outcome will be shared with the complainant.
• “Snitching”when someone is being physically and / or emotionally hurt is not wrong and is actually responsible behavior. It is irresponsible to not report instances when someone is being hurt. Reporting may take the form of a verbal or written communication, telephone call, or email to an administrator. All reports are kept confidential.

Sexual Harassment (taken from BOE Policy R-5163.1)

Sexual harassment is prohibited in the school system. Sexual harassment can occur when, but is not limited to: 1. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of academic decisions affecting the individual.
2. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative effect upon the individual's academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
3. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.
4. Suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations, slurs, jokes, epithets, or gestures, derogatory comments, assault, touching, impeding or blocking movement, leering, display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures or cartoons.
5. Continuing to express sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome.
6. Coercive sexual behavior used to control, influence, or affect the educational opportunities, grades, and/or learning environment of students, including promises or threats regarding grades, course admission, performance evaluations, or recommendations; enhancement or limitation of student benefits or services (e.g. scholarships, financial aid, work study job).
7. Inappropriate attention of a sexual nature from peer(s), i.e. student to student, employee to employee.

Procedure for handling discrimination and sexual harassment in the school:

1. Any complaint must be initiated within 180 days from the date one knew or should have known the alleged harassment took place. 
2. If a student believes that he/she is being or has been harassed, that person should immediately inform the harasser that his/her behavior is unwelcome, offensive, in poor taste, unprofessional, or highly inappropriate.  As soon as a student feels that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment, he or she should make a written complaint to the appropriate school personnel, or the principal, or his/her designee. The student will be provided a copy of this policy and regulation and made aware of his or her rights. 
3. The complaint should state the: a. Name of the complainant, b. Date of the complaint, c. Date of the alleged harassment, d. Name or names of the harasser or harassers, e. Location where such harassment occurred,  f. Detailed statement of the circumstances constituting the alleged harassment. 
4. Any student who makes an oral complaint of harassment to any of the above-mentioned personnel will be provided a copy of this regulation and will be instructed to make a written complaint pursuant to the above procedure. 
5. If the complainant is a minor student, the person to whom the complaint is given should consider whether a child abuse report should be completed. 
6. All complaints are to be forwarded immediately to the principal or designee unless that individual is the subject of the complaint, in which case the complaint should be forwarded directly to the superintendent. In addition, a copy of any complaint filed under this policy shall be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator. 
7. If possible, within five (5) working days of receipt of the complaint, the principal, designee or Title IX Coordinator shall commence an effective, thorough, objective, and complete investigation of the complaint. The investigator shall consult with all individuals reasonably believed to have relevant information, including the student and the alleged harasser, any witnesses to the conduct, and victims of similar conduct that the investigator reasonably believes may exist. The investigation shall be carried on discreetly, maintaining confidentiality insofar as possible while still conducting an effective and thorough investigation. Throughout the entire investigative process, the due process rights of the alleged harasser will be upheld. 
8. The investigator shall make a written report summarizing the results of the investigation and proposed disposition of the matter. 
9. If the student complainant is dissatisfied with the result of the investigation, he or she may file a written appeal to the Title IX Coordinator, or, if he or she conducted the investigation, the superintendent, who shall review the investigator's written report, the information collected by the investigator together with the recommended disposition of the complaint to determine whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment. The Title IX Coordinator or superintendent may also conduct a reasonable investigation, including interviewing the complainant and alleged harasser and any witnesses with relevant information. After completing this review, the Title IX Coordinator or superintendent shall respond to the complainant, in writing, as soon as possible. 

10. If after a thorough investigation, there is reasonable cause to believe that sexual harassment has occurred, the district shall take all reasonable actions to ensure that the harassment ceases and will not recur. Actions taken in response to allegations of harassment may include appropriate intervention, reassignment, transfer, or disciplinary action. 

The harasser and any other students or employees, if appropriate, will be informed that appropriate action shall be taken if further acts of harassment or retaliation occur. If further acts of harassment or retaliation do occur, appropriate action shall be taken.
Copies of this regulation will be distributed to all students.

 

 

Parent Communication Protocol

In the event that you have a question or concern about your child’s academics or behavior, please feel free to reach out to us at Classical.  The best tool for ensuring student success is by creating a strong system of communication between staff and families.

    • Contact the teacher, coach, or other staff member by phone or email. 
    • If you are not able to reach a satisfactory agreement with the teacher, please reach out to your child’s Assistant Principal.
    1. Grades 6-8: Ms. Wilson, 860-695-9230
    2. Grades 9-12: Mrs. Papas, 860-695-9330
    • If you still need assistance, or if the matter is severe, please reach out directly to the Principal, Dr. Gordon: zgordon@hartfordschools.org, 860-695-9100.
    • Most issues can best be solved at the basic level, since the teachers and coaches interact most directly with the students.  They know the ins-and-outs of the curriculum, and they can best explain what the student is (or is not) doing in class.
      • As a staff, we try to return all calls and emails by the end of the next school day, but some issues (such as absence or emergency) may cause a delay.  Please try to reach that individual again before going up the ladder.  We all appreciate your patience!