IPS Bully Prevention Policy

IPS Bully Prevention Policy

Bullying is prohibited in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) as referenced in Indiana Code 20-33-8- 0.2 and Board Policy regarding Bullying is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile environment.

Students may not engage in bullying on school grounds, or while traveling to or from a school or a school activity, function or event. Further, bullying is prohibited off school grounds while using property or equipment provided by the school or while attending a school activity, function, or event.

Edison staff are responsible for informing students, parents, teachers and staff that bullying will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion. Further, staff are encouraged to engage students, staff, and parents in meaningful discussions about the negative aspects of bullying.

Parents or students who suspect that bullying is taking place should report the matter to Edison staff. Upon receiving the report, the school counselors/social worker and/or Behavior Adjustment Facilitator, will investigate the matter at the building level and consequences will be assessed as appropriate, consistent with the Board's policy entitled "Student Discipline."