Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
The Renton School District provides annual training on bullying prevention to all staff and students each year. Bullying allegations are taken very seriously. Students will be disciplined for harassing, intimidating, or bullying. Disciplinary actions range from conferences and peer mediation to suspension or expulsion, depending upon severity.
What is Bullying?
Washington State law defines harassment, intimidation, or bullying as any intentionally written message or image—including those that are electronically transmitted—verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:
- Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property.
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education.
- Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
- Schools are required to take action if students report they are being bullied.
What should parents do if their child reports bullying to them at home?
Contact the school principal immediately. The principal will make sure there is an investigation and appropriate corrective action when necessary.
What if a parent wants to take further action?
Complete a HIB Reporting Form and return it to the main office of your child’s school. This will start a formal process which is outlined in our policy and procedures. Click on the links below to view the Renton School District policy, procedures, and the reporting form.
Where can parents and community members get more information on Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Prevention?
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has a School Safety Center website with a lot of great resources and links: http://www.k12.wa.us/SafetyCenter/default.aspx
The United States government has a website called Stop Bullying which also has free resources, webinars, and videos: http://www.stopbullying.gov/
Who can parents contact for more information in the Renton School District?
HIB Compliance Officer
Director, Student Support Services
Department of Learning and Teaching