Guidance

Beautiful Me is an educational, self-esteem program designed to educate females by promoting appreciation for their genuine qualities, accurate self awareness, and the satisfaction gained by helping others.

 

Anti-Bullying Policy

(as found in the Handbook on page 27)

The school communities within the Diocese of Brooklyn believe in the sanctity of life and the inherent dignity of the human person. We believe that all students, school employees and volunteers have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. All members of the school community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance. Research shows that students who learn in a safe and supportive environment succeed academically . Students have a right to learn in an environment free of any harassment that substantially interferes with their education.

Definition: Bullying, bias-based harassment/intimidation are intentional, repeated, hurtful acts (physical, verbal, written) committed by one or more persons toward another person or persons. It usually involves an actual or perceived imbalance of power which can be physical, emotional or verbal. If not addressed, bullying can lead to the creation of a hostile, offensive or intimidating school environment and can affect a student’s educational opportunities.

The behaviors include but are not limited to:
Physical: physical violence, stalking, threats, aggressive or menacing gestures, exclusion from peer groups which is intended to humiliate or isolate the target
Verbal: taunts, teasing, derogatory language, derogatory jokes, name calling, slurs, spreading rumors
Written: written or graphic material including graffiti containing comments or stereotypes that are electronically written and transmitted via the internet, social messaging sites, blogs, instant messaging, text messages, cell phones, webcams, etc. This would also include forwarding such messages if received. This generally constitutes cyberbullying.

Reporting Procedures:
• The targeted student, parent/guardian of a student or other students in the school (bystanders), or any school staff who believe that bullying has occurred should report the incident to the principal/counselor
• An investigation will be conducted by interviewing all parties separately
• The parents of all involved students will be notified
• If it is determined that bullying has occurred, the child who bullied will be be subject to consequences according to school policy
• Parents will be advised to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency if the situation warrants a report
• Referrals to counseling will be made for all parties if deemed necessary
• The administration will follow up to be sure the offending conduct has stopped
• All students should be notified that retaliation against anyone who makes a report will not be tolerated and those that retaliate will be subject to disciplinary action.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION MAY INVOLVE PROBATION, SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION AS DETERMINED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.