West Linn-Wilsonville Schools are committed to fostering safe and welcoming schools for all children. We understand that children are learning social, emotional, and communication skills, and we actively support children improving those skills every day. In an effort to build students' social emotional skills and prevent bullying behavior in our schools, we explicitly teach appropriate social skills and bullying prevention units using the Second Steps Curriculum.
Bullying in Oregon is defined as "any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance; Takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop; and has the effect of: Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property, Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property; or Creating a hostile educational environment, including interfering with the psychological well-being of a student." Bullying is prohibited in all West Linn-Wilsonville Schools.
If bullying behaviors do occur, this is a serious issue which requires a strong response to support the well-being of the child. We follow clear guidance from our School Board policies (JFCF) as well as from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE Bullying Guidance 2016).
District procedures for reporting concerns or allegations of bullying are:
- All district employees are required to report bullying
- Students or volunteers may report bullying anonymously
- All bullying reports should be made to the building Principal or Assistant Principal
- Building Principal or Assistant Principal will investigate all reports of alleged bullying
- Building Principal or Assistant Principal will implement appropriate corrective action if bullying has been found to occur
- No retaliation actions will be taken against any person who reports an act of bullying
- Building Principal or Assistant Principal will identify corrective action for one who falsely accuses another of bullying