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Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy

Georgia Charter Schools, Inc.


Policy For the Prevention of Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
Approved November 7, 2010


Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy
Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. All schools within the district have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance among students, staff, and volunteers. Behavior that infringes on the safety of any student will not be tolerated. A student shall not bully, harass, or intimidate another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes but is not limited to: direct physical contact such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults such as teasing or name-calling; the use of electronic methods to harass, threaten or humiliate, and social isolation and/or manipulation. The KCSMA policy prohibiting bullying is included in the student code of conduct and includes but is not limited to the following:

- Any student who engages in bullying shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

- Students are expected to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee.

- Students can rely on staff to promptly investigate each complaint of bullying in a thorough and confidential manner.

- If the complainant student or the parent of the student feels that appropriate resolution of the investigation or complaint has not been reached after consulting the school principal, the student or the parent of the student should contact the local superintendent or his or her designee.

- KCSMA prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process.

All students and/or staff shall immediately report incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation to the school principal or designee. School staff members are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur. Each complaint of bullying shall be promptly investigated. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling on a school bus to and from school or a school-sponsored activity and during a school-sponsored activity.
Bullying, harassment or intimidation will not be tolerated. Disciplinary action will be taken after each incident of bullying and upon a finding of guilt. Disciplinary action after the first incident of bullying may include but is not limited to the following:

- Loss of a privilege
- Reassignment of seats in the classroom, cafeteria or school bus
- Reassignment of classes
- In-school suspension
- Out-of-school suspension
- Detention
- Expulsion (through appropriate due process hearing)

If necessary, counseling and other interventions should also be provided to address the social-emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students who are victims of bullying and students who commit an offense of bullying.
Students, parents/guardians and other stakeholders may report incidents of bullying to an administrator, teacher, counselor or other staff member by using the school district’s complaint procedures or by calling the Georgia Department of Education’s 1-877 SAY-STOP (1-877-729-7867) School Safety Hotline. Please note: Any form of electronic bullying (cyberbullying) using school equipment, school networks, e-mail systems or committed at school is strictly prohibited.

The procedures for intervening in bullying behavior include, but are not limited, to the following:
- All staff, students and their parents will receive a summary of this policy prohibiting bullying at the beginning of the school year as part of the student code of conduct.
- The school shall keep a report of bullying and the results of an investigation confidential.
- Staff are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur or upon receipt of any report of bullying.
- People witnessing or experiencing bullying are encouraged to report the incident to the school principal designee.

The following actions will be taken when bullying is reported:

1. Investigate
Upon receipt of any report of bullying, schools will direct an immediate investigation involving appropriate personnel. The investigation should begin no later than the following school day. The investigation shall include interviewing the alleged perpetrator(s) and victim(s), identified witnesses, teacher(s) and staff members and reviewing video surveillance if available. School police, school counselors, school social workers and/or other support staff should be utilized for their expertise as determined by the circumstances of the matter.

2. Notify
At an appropriate time during or after the investigation, parents/guardians of the accused and the victim must be notified. If the incident involves an injury or similar situation, appropriate medical attention should be provided and the parent/guardian should be notified immediately.

3. Discipline
Upon confirming that bullying has occurred, the accused student should be charged with bullying and given an age-appropriate consequence which shall include, at minimum and without limitation, disciplinary action or counseling as appropriate under the circumstances. Students in grades six through twelve found to have committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year shall be subject to expulsion through appropriate due process by disciplinary hearing officers, panels, or tribunals. Schools should clearly communicate to all parties that retaliation following a report of bullying is strictly prohibited and may result in strong disciplinary action.

4. Follow Up
Follow up is important to the accused and the victim. Implement a planned method to provide after-care and follow up. Reiterate to all the previously stated prohibition on retaliation.

5. Additional Resources/Information
Please review the Georgia Department of Education Policy on the Prevention of Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation, Appendix C for additional resources.

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The Uniform Handbook is being updated and will be available soon, in the meantime, here is a quick rundown of the basics.
* All Polos, Jumpers, Sweaters, and Sweatshirts, purchased from the alternate approved style lists must be taken to Uniform Source for approval and the required school logos to be applied.
* All styles need to be of a conservative, “school uniform” type. Absolutely no sweatpants, outside zippers, zip-off or denim styles.
* All pants, shorts, capris, skirts, and skorts must be plain with no brand name logos or labels.
* All pants, shorts, capris, skirts, and skorts must be properly fitted with no fraying at the bottom.
* All items need to be plain, solid colors with no words or pictures.
* Backpacks may be any style.
* Jumpers, skirts, skorts, and shorts must be at least finger-tip length.
* Navy or Khaki Bike shorts are required under jumpers and skirts.
* Athletic Shoes are required every day for P.E. Students can change into Athletic Shoes prior to going to P.E.
* Absolutely no boots, open toe, wheelie or open back shoes will be allowed.
* Belts must be worn when belt loops are present.
* Shirts must remain tucked in at all times.
* Earrings must be dime size or smaller.
* When wearing a long sleeve shirt under a polo shirt, the colors must be the same. (Red with red, navy with navy, white with white).
* Non-Uniform Coats may only be worn to and from school and during recess. They may not be worn in the classrooms. If windbreakers or fleece are purchased through alternative vendors, they must be on the approved uniforms list and be logoed by Uniform Source.

SPIRIT WEAR
* On Fridays, students may wear their school spirit shirt, or school polos with denim blue jeans. Otherwise students must be in full uniform.
* Jeans must be properly fitted, neatly pressed, and not frayed at the bottoms.
* Jeans must also be plain, conservative and not decorated or embellished with holes or other accessories in any way.
* School Spirit Shirts are available through the front office year round.

For any questions about the uniform policy, please contact Tara McLeod at tmcleod@kcsma.net