The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District is committed to ensuring that all students have a safe learning environment. The safety and well-being of our student is of utmost importance to all of us. We seek to prevent bullying through proactive interventions and strategies. Educators are responsible for preventing and addressing bullying. We encourage students and families to report bullying to their school administrators.
What is Bullying?
Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:
- Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm, and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves
- Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
- Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person over ns over by the same person or group.
Types of Bullying
Bullying can take may forms, Examples include:
- Verbal: name-calling, teasing
- Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships
- Physical: hitting , punching shoving
- Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others
Working with the school to stop Bullying
- Know the schools policies. Ask for a copy or check the student handbook to see if our school has standards in place that will help resolve the situation.
- Open the line of communication. Call or set up an appointment to talk with your child's teacher or school counselor, principal and/or assistant principal and establish a partnership to stop the bullying.
- Get help for your child. Seek advice from your child's guidance counselor, principal, assistant principal and/or other school-based health professionals. They may be able to help your child cope with the stress of being bullied.
- Commit to making the bullying stop. Talk regularly with your child and with school staff to see if the bullying has stopped.
Stand Up! Speak Out! STOP BULLYING
The District prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the District. Bullying may include verbal or written expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the District, and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the reporting process is a violation of District policy and is prohibited.
Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, school counselor, principal or other District employee. Students or parents may download the report form or contact the District or campus to obtain the Student Report of Alleged Bullying (English, Español) and submit to the campus administration.
Please note that after submission of the complaint to the District employee, the District may assign the report to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted report and any other important matters pertaining to the report. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time.
More information about the District’s bullying policy can be found at SMCISD Policy Online (http://pol.tasb.org/ Policy/Search/618?filter= Bullying) or the campus administration office.
Report Form for Alleged Bullying
- Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying
- Procedimientos para la presentación de acusaciones de acoso escolar
STOPit is an electronic tool to allow students to report incidents of inappropriate behavior. Students can obtain access code information from their campus staff. Incidents may be reported from the STOPit web app as well as within the San Marcos District app. Students can also download the STOPit app from their mobile device app store.