Purpose - EdAdvance believes that all students and staff have the right to attend a school that promotes a secure and safe school climate conducive to teaching and learning and free from threat, harassment, and any type of bullying behavior. Therefore, a policy which addresses this type of behavior, applicable to all constituencies, is necessary.
General Guidelines – EdAdvance's policy on bullying behavior seeks to accomplish the following goals:
- To promote a secure and safe environment free from threat, harassment, and all types of bullying behavior;
- To take action to prevent bullying from occurring;
- To require any staff member who witnesses acts of bullying or receives student reports of bullying to notify school administrators;
- To inform parents and students of the school’s expectations through the published student code of conduct;
- To foster productive partnerships that promote a bully free environment;
- To notify students annually of their right to file an anonymous complaint;
- To enable students to report bullying incidents in a non-threatening or anonymous manner;
- To enable parents or guardians to file written reports of suspected bullying;
- To develop a recording and reporting system that documents verified incidents of bullying behaviors;
- To establish procedures for school administrators to investigate and respond to written complaints or anonymous reports of bullying;
- To notify parents or guardians of the student(s) who commit acts of bullying and the parents or guardians of the student(s) against whom acts of bullying were committed of verified reports of bullying including a description of the response by the school staff and consequences that may result from the commission of further acts of bullying;
- To make the staff aware of their role in fostering the knowledge and attitudes that will be required to achieve the above goals;
- To consider case by case interventions under specific circumstances.
Definition of Bullying
Bullying can be defined as any overt acts by a student, group of students, or an adult directed against another student or adult. These acts are repeated against the same student or adult over time, with the intent to ridicule, humiliate, harass or intimidate the other individual while on school grounds, while being transported on a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity.
Bullying takes many forms and may include many different behaviors, such as, but not limited to:
- Physical violence and attacks;
- Verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, including ethnically or racially based verbal abuse and gender based put-downs;
- Threats and intimidation; Extortion or stealing of money and possessions;
- Exclusion from the peer group.
Green Cleaning Policy
Purpose- EdAdvance is committed to procuring and using environmentally preferable cleaning products in our facilities. Consistent with state law, no person shall use a cleaning product inside a facility unless such cleaning product meets guidelines or environmental standards approved by the Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Such cleaning product shall, to the maximum extent possible, minimize the potential harmful impact on human health and the environment.
General Guidelines- Environmentally preferable cleaning product
For the purpose of this policy, the term “environmentally preferable cleaning product” includes, but is not limited to:
- general purpose cleaners
- bathroom cleaners
- carpet cleaners
- glass cleaners
- floor finishes
- floor strippers
- hand cleaners
The term “environmentally preferable cleaning product” does not include:
(a) any disinfectant, disinfecting cleaner, sanitizer or any other antimicrobial product regulated by the federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, 7 USC 136 et seq.;
(b) any product for which no guideline or environmental standard has been established by any national or international certification program approved by the Department of Administrative Services, or which is outside the scope of or is otherwise excluded under guidelines or environmental standards established by such a national or international certification program.
Notice of Green Cleaning Program- Annually, EdAdvance shall provide the staff of each school and the parents and guardians of each child enrolled in each school with a written statement of the school district’s green cleaning program.
Such notice shall include:
(1) the types and names of environmentally preferable cleaning products being applied in schools;
(2) the location of the application of such cleaning products in the school buildings and facilities;
(3) the schedule of when such cleaning products are applied in the school buildings and facilities;
(4) the statement, “No parent, guardian, teacher or staff member may bring into the school facility any consumer product which is intended to clean, deodorize, sanitize or disinfect.”; and
(5) the name of the school administrator, or a designee, who may be contacted for further information.
Such notice shall be provided to the parents or guardians of any child who transfers to a school during the school year and to staff hired during the school year.
EdAdvance shall make such notice, as well as the report submitted to the Department of Education available on its website and the website of each school under EdAdvance’s jurisdiction. If no such website exists, EdAdvance shall make such notice otherwise publicly available.