Duffield supports the District’s commitment to provide a safe and constructive learning environment that honors the dignity and worth of every individual.
It is the responsibility of the Connetquot Central School District to address bullying and harassment issues that occur. District staff members are to create an orderly environment within the Connetquot Central School District through training, monitoring and intervening when bullying and harassment occur.
Bullying and harassment are forms of dangerous and disrespectful behavior that will not be permitted or tolerated. Bullying and harassment may involve a range of misconduct which, based on the severity, will warrant a measured response of corrective action and/or discipline. Behaviors that do not rise to the level of bullying and harassment, as defined below, still may be subject to intervention and/or discipline under another section of the discipline plan or a discipline policy. A formal complaints may be made by completing CCSD Policy #0115-E.1 which can be found on the district website and should be submitted to the building principal.
Bullying means any overt act or combination of such acts directed against a student by another student or group of students and which:
Harassment means any gesture, written, verbal or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory handicap, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity and which:
Bullying and harassment can take various forms:
It is important to note that a single negative act as enumerated above may also constitute bullying (if not more serious misconduct) based upon the particular circumstances such as the seriousness of the act and/or the intent of the alleged perpetrator.
Conduct that might otherwise be considered bullying and harassment but does not occur during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity event may still be subject to disciplinary action.
Reporting of bullying and harassment
Using the bullying prevention policy as a guide, use this document to outline what steps you, as a parent, should take if your child is involved in bullying.
Chain of Command
If you believe your child is involved in bullying, contact the following school personnel, in the order indicated, to discuss the situation:
Discuss the Facts and Details
To find out the details of a particular situation, ask the following questions:
If you think your child has been involved in more than one bullying episode, consider the following issues:
If your child is accused of, or has been confirmed of bullying, consider the following:
If your child has been the target of bullying consider the following:
This guide, along with your insights and suggestions, will help school personnel, parents and students work together to ensure all students are safe and to maintain a positive learning environment. If you are having an issue with bullying please contact Mrs. Pisani.
In addition to the policy, various programs are scheduled to further support the District’s Anti-Bullying Initiative. Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) visits the Fourth & Fifth Grade classrooms to present the Steer Clear of Bullies program. This is a series of two workshops teaching empathy, social skills, bully prevention and assertiveness training. The objective of the two lessons is to help children identify feelings, promote social skills-how to be a friend, and how to appropriately deal with bullies. At the end of the workshop students are invited to participate in their CAPS poster contest.
All students K-5 will participate in a Bully Prevention lesson from Mrs. Pisani each school year. Some of these lessons include videos, caring kids program and role playing.
DUFFIELD'S DIGNITY TASK FORCE MEMBERS
Mrs. Farrell, Principal
Mrs. Pisani, YFS & DASA Coordinator
Miss Henning, Physical Education Teacher
Mrs. Kramer, 4th Grade Teacher
Dr. Ramonetti, School Psychologist
Miss Tenaglia, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Oquendo, Reading Teacher
Mrs. Caiola, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Carlson, 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Esposito, Teacher Asst.
Mrs. Fontano, Speech Teacher
Ms. Knudtsen, Art Teacher
Mr. Melfi, Physical Education Teacher
Mrs. Phillips, 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Prin, Resource Room Teacher
Mrs. Randazzo, 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Squicciarini, 2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Tarpey, 1st Grade Teacher
The above committee meets at least one time per month to discuss ideas to help victims of bullying and further bully prevention at Duffield Elementary School.