West Orange - Cove CISD will not tolerate Bullying.
David's Law (Senate Bill 179): Senate Bill 179, known as David’s Law, was enacted by the Legislature in 2017 to combat and prevent bullying in schools. The law amends Texas Education Code § 37.0832, so now “a single significant act” may constitute bullying, rather than a pattern of acts. For more information regarding David's Law: https://www.legaldigest.com/davids-law-combats-bullying-in-schools/
Cyber- Bullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking (Stop Cyber-bullying.org, 2017). More information about cyberbullying is available on-line.
District Policy regarding bullying (Student hand book)
STUDENT COMPLAINT FORM
Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation Instructions for Student
Your Right to File a Complaint:
The policy of West Orange Cove CISD is that all students and employees be free from bullying, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All charges of bullying, discrimination, harassment and retaliation are taken very seriously. The District will make every reasonable effort to handle and respond to charges and complaints filed in a fair, thorough, and just manner. Every reasonable effort will be made to protect the due process rights of victims and alleged offenders.
Use this form to report bullying, harassment, discrimination and retaliation so that school officials may investigate and take appropriate steps to increase your safety.
Complete the form providing as much detailed information as possible so that the complaint may be properly investigated. It is important that you report the facts as accurately and completely as possible and that you cooperate fully with the persons designated to investigate the complaint.
Where to file:
Complaint forms will be available from any counselor or administrator or online. Once completed, the principal or designee will handle all complaints.
To conduct an investigation in a confidential manner, the school will disclose the contents of your complaint only to those persons who have a need to know of the complaint. In signing the complaint form, you authorize the disclosure, as needed, of the information you have provided, and may provide in the future, regarding your complaint. Your complaint form will not be shown to the accused student.
Retaliation against a person who files a formal complaint is strictly prohibited and is grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District
Student Complaint Form
Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation
Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Student ID: ________________________________________________________________
Grade: __________________________________________ Date: ____________________________________________________________________________ Time: _________________________________________________________________
Please answer the following questions about the incident that prompted this report:
- List the name of the student(s) accused of bullying, discrimination, harassment, or retaliation:
- Relationship between you and the accused student:
- Describe the incident:
- Where and when did it happen?
- Were there any witnesses? n Yes n No If yes, please provide the names of the witnesses
- Have there been any previous incidents involving the accused student? n Yes n No If yes, please explain:
- Other information, including previous incidents or threats:
• Student or parent declines to complete this form
I certify that all statements made in the complaint are true and complete. I understand that any intentional misstatement of fact may subject me to school discipline. I authorize school officials to disclose the information I provide only as necessary in pursuing the investigation of my complaint.
Signature of student/parent: _________________________________________________________________________________________ Date: __________________________________________________________
Signature of school official receiving complaint: _____________________________________________________________ Date: ____________________________________________________
District Investigation Summary Completion Date: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________