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Reporting Procedures and Forms


The purpose of this section of the Bullying Prevention and Intervention website is to help students, parents and staff understand the specifics of the NPS reporting procedures and forms. 
Before filing an incident report, we strongly encourage you to also explore other pages on this website to learn more about bullying prevention and intervention.

WHAT ARE THE RULES IN  THE NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHICH PROHIBIT BULLYING?  DOES IT INCLUDE ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

The Newton Public Schools prohibit bullying (including cyberbullying):

  • At school and at all school facilities
  • At school-sponsored or school-related functions, whether on or off school grounds
  • On school buses and school bus stops
  • Through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, licensed or used by a school; and
  • At non-school-related locations and through non-school technology or electronic devices, if the bullying affects the school environment

Encouraging others to target a student with any of the behaviors listed above is may also be considered bullying.

WHAT WILL THE SCHOOLS BE CONSIDERING IN DECIDING IF A REPORT IS ACTUALLY A BULLYING INCIDENT?

Every incident will be evaluated on a case by case basis and treated seriously. That said, it’s important to remember that not every situation is, in fact, bullying. Sometimes misunderstandings and miscommunications will result in one party feeling that they were a target of bullying. The principal, assistant principal, housemaster or other staff person reviewing the initial Bullying Incident report will determine if the incident warrants further investigation.

The Newton Public Schools, in determining if a behavior is bullying, will consider the following questions: 

  • Is there a pattern of repeated behaviors by one aggressor towards one or more target(s)?
  • Has the behavior caused physical or emotional harm to the target student or damage to his or her property?
  • Does the behavior put the target in reasonable fear of harm to him or herself or of damage to his or her property?
  • Does the behavior create a hostile environment at school for the target student?
  • Is this situation infringing on the rights of the target student at school?
  • Is this behavior substantially disrupting the educational process or the orderly operation of the school? 

HOW DO I FILE A REPORT OF A BULLYING INCIDENT?

  • You/your parents can contact a school by phone and report it to school personnel
  • You/your parents parents can make a report in person at the school or house office
  • You/your parents can complete the Bullying Incident Reporting Form

Ø      This form can be downloaded, printed and returned to the school.

Ø      Click here to download the Bullying Incident Reporting Form (Word)

Ø      Click here to download the Bullying Incident Reporting Form (PDF)

Ø      The schools also have copies of this form available for you to complete

 

CAN A REPORT BE FILED ANONYMOUSLY?

Yes. Each school has a box for anonymous reporting located in the main office of the school.  However, keep in mind that while you do not have to give your name or email address when reporting, if you don’t, we will not have a way to contact you to help or to fully investigate the incident. You should also be aware that false accusations, filling out a report to “get back at someone” or just because you don’t like them will not be tolerated and could result in disciplinary action.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER AN INCIDENT IS REPORTED?

  1. The designated administrator (principal, assistant principal, house master) will acknowledge receipt of the report in writing.
  2. A preliminary review of the incident may be conducted to determine need for the investigation.
  3. If warranted, an investigation will be conducted and completed within 10 days
  4. Parents of both the target and aggressor will be notified of the outcome and action plan in the event of a repeat behavior.
  5. The school will take appropriate action to prevent repeated bullying.

WILL I BE TOLD THE DISCIPLINARY OR OTHER ACTION TAKEN AFTER THE INVESTIGATION? 

Confidentiality laws prohibit educators from telling a student or parent specifics about any action taken against another student. But this doesn't mean we are not working on it. No report will be ignored. And, though it might mean that you won't get specific information, the person investigating the incident will keep you informed.   

 

For answers to related questions, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Before filing an incident report, we strongly encourage you to also explore other pages on this website to learn more about bullying prevention and intervention.

 

 

 

Before filing an incident report, we strongly encourage you to also explore other pages on this website to learn more about bullying prevention and intervention.