City Charter High School Amended Bullying Policy, Development and Implementation

Approved – June 13, 2012

The City Charter High School Bullying Policy Committee (“the committee”) reviews this policy annually to maintain a Bullying Policy which ensures the safety of the student population and provides consequences to deter hazing and threatening behaviors which are inconsistent with the educational goals of the school.

For the purposes of the City Charter High School policy, bullying is defined as:

  • The willful act of repeatedly victimizing a student by negative actions that attempt or intentionally cause injury or physical, emotional or mental discomfort; and/or
  • Physical contact, assault, name calling, threats, pranks and taunting directed at a student by a single student or a group; and/or
  • Spreading rumors and engaging in any form of electronic bullying (which includes but is not limited to texting, Facebook, Twitter and email); and/or
  • Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property; and/or
  • Any form of intimidation.

The school zone which is covered under this policy includes acts of bullying which occur in school or outside of school (during a school sponsored event/activity or before and after the school day while a student is in transit to or from the school).

Any act of bullying is a violation of the Code of Conduct and is subject to consequences defined by City Charter High School.  The following consequences apply strictly to isolated acts of bullying.

  • First Offense – Student is warned and parent is notified.
  • Second Offense – Student is suspended for three (3) days
  • Third Offense – Student is suspended for ten (10) days
  • Repeated offenses will result in a recommendation for expulsion

Consequences for acts of bullying may include any of the following:

  • Student Mediation
  • Parent Conference
  • Out of School Suspension
  • Referral to Law Enforcement
  • Referral to Children, Youth and Families
  • Recommendation for Expulsion

Parents should also be aware that after a full investigation by the administration some incidents may be categorized as child on child abuse as described in Child Protective Laws.  Suspected child on child abuse includes a child who is assaulted, sexually harassed, bullied or any other violation that represents abuse anytime, anywhere before, during and after school. The Pittsburgh police and CHILDLINE will be contacted in those instances. This is in addition to any school discipline and/or charges filed with the local magistrate. The school is required to cooperate with all investigations.

The initial City Charter High School Bullying Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees in June 2008 and included in the current Student Handbook. This amended Bullying Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 13, 2012.   This amended policy will supersede the provisions found in the current handbook, which will become obsolete by the newly adopted policy. The administration will communicate these changes to students, staff and parents/guardians in writing.

Implementation of the amended City Charter High School Bullying Policy:

  • This updated policy will be mailed home before the first day of the 2012-2013 school year.
  • Students will review the new policy in their Advisory group and the Advisors are required to re-enforce the Code of Conduct and the Bullying Policy.
  • The Bullying Policy will be posted on the school’s website.
  • The Bullying Policy will be added to next year’s Student Handbook.

Annual reports of bullying incidents will be maintained by School Security.