Current Status: Issued
Original Issue Date: 09/26/02
Reviewed: 09/26/03, 9/26/04, 9/26/05, 9/26/06, 9/26/07, 09/26/08
Next Review Date: 09/26/09
Document Number: TR AB 02-VO1
The Iroquois-Kankakee ROE Teen REACH program views bullying as an extremely serious form of anti-social behavior and operates a continuous anti-bullying campaign through all Teen REACH staff and volunteers, life skill classes and workshops. All Teen REACH enrollees are made clearly aware that such social behavior must not be instigated or tolerated.
Every complaint of bullying will be taken seriously. Bullying may take a variety of forms such as: physical and verbal, psychological and emotional abuse. It may also include comments of a racial or sexual nature.
It is the policy of the Iroquois-Kankakee ROE Teen REACH Programs that bullying will not be tolerated in the program and that all incidents of bullying will be dealt with immediately.
- All Teen REACH staff/volunteers will follow these guidelines if a youth complains of being bullied:
- Listen to the complainant
- Reassure the youth that action will be taken to stop the bullying (Staff will refer the matter to the site Supervisor or other designee if appropriate).
- Tell the youth what action will be taken. Direct the youth to "Tell every time" so that further action may be taken if the initial action fails.
- Set clear limits with the offender.
- How parents will be involved in the anti-bullying process:
- The Program Director or lead staff will verbally notify the child's parent/guardian if a pattern of bullying is noted.
- As needed, the staff will discuss with the parent/guardian the child's behavior. If an unacceptable behavior occurs during the program or a behavior is uncharacteristicof the child, a behavior report will be completed, signed by the parent/guardian, and a copy will be retained in the child's file.
- The director may request a formal conference with parent/guardian.
- If deemed necessary, the parent may be asked to pick up the child from the program and/or remove the child for the next program day(s).
- Any parent whose child is subjected to bullying should report the incident to a member of the program staff.
- How youth will be involved in the process:
- All youth will be aware of the program guidelines and the clear expectations about behavior.
- The atmosphere of the program will encourage support and respect for others.
- All school age children will have reasonable opportunity to resolve their own conflicts.
- DISCHARGE: Any child who, after attempts have been made to reduce or change the bullying behavior, demonstrates the inability to benefit from the type of program offered by the Teen REACH site, or whose presence is detrimental to the group shall be discharged from the Teen REACH program.
I have read and understand the Teen REACH anti-bullying policy. Parent/Guardian Signature: