In accordance with new state law, the Lake Stevens School Board updated its policy regarding harassment, intimidation and bullying at its July 13 meeting.
This policy is implemented in conjunction with the district’s Comprehensive Safe Schools Plan that includes prevention, intervention, crisis response, recovery, and annual review.
The district has had an interagency Safe Schools Committee in place for four years that includes quarterly meetings with law enforcement, school principals, administrators and the superintendent to review issues and concerns at the building level.
This committee recommends interventions, reviews building level threat assessments and conducts district level threat assessments. This committee also convenes on an as needed basis.
In addition to the Safe Schools Committee the district has an anonymous Safe Schools Tip Line, 425-397-7233, where the public can call to report a concern of any type. The number is also posted in student handbooks and in public areas at schools for student awareness.
Lake Stevens High School and Cavelero Mid High have an active Student Assistance Program (SAP) in place that is led by the district’s intervention counselor, Steve Pitkin. This program provides confidential assistance and counseling to students. It also provides an avenue for anyone to report a concern about a student to the SAP committee.
This year Cavelero Mid High, Lake Stevens Middle School and North Lake Middle School are joining together to take part in Rachel’s Challenge.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America.
This program strives to eliminate violence, prejudice, bullying and overall hatred in every school in the nation. The schools have scheduled a Rachel’s Challenge Community Event for Thursday, October 6, 6:30 pm at Cavelero Mid High —mark your calendar for this inspiring community awareness event.
The updated policy describes specific unacceptable behaviors and expressions including the following:
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying can take many forms, including but not limited to, slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendoes, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, oral, physical, or electronically transmitted messages or images.
The policy also describes the affects of harassment, intimidation and bullying as follows:
• Physically harms a student or damages student 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.
The policy can be reviewed at the district’s website at www.lkstevens.wednet.edu under Our District, School Board, and School District Policies (#5580). Assistant Superintendent Ken Collins is the Compliance Officer for this policy.