JFCFA/GBNNA - Cyberbullying

Adopted: 4/8/09

The Board is committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment.  Any form of harassment using electronic devices, commonly known as "cyberbullying," by students, staff or third parties is prohibited and will not be tolerated in the district.  "Cyberbullying" is the use of any electronic communication device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio or video) that defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult or humiliate in a manner intended and likely to demean or belittle another in a deliberate, repeated or hostile and unwanted manner under a person's true or false identity.  In addition, any communication of this form which disrupts or prevents a safe and positive educational or working environment may also be considered cyberbullying.  Students and staff will refrain from using personal communication devices or district property to harass or stalk another.

The district will take any report of cyberbullying seriously and will investigate credible reports promptly. 

Under the provision of policy IIBGA ‑ Electronic Communications System Access and policy JFCEB ‑ Personal Communication Devices, the district may revoke the privilege of a staff member or third party from the use of any district electronic equipment, or from bringing any personal communication device on district property or district‑sponsored activities, if they are used to engage in cyberbullying.

"Third parties" include, but are not limited to, coaches, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors or others engaged in district business, such as employees of businesses or organizations participating in cooperative work programs with the district and others not directly subject to district control at interdistrict and intradistrict athletic competitions or other school events.

Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal.  Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the superintendent or Board.  The district may also report individuals to law enforcement if necessary.
Staff will participate in an internet/electronic communications training to ensure awareness of and compliance with district use policies. The superintendent or designee is responsible for developing administrative regulations to facilitate training.

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