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Anti-Bullying

The Lucia Mar Unified School District is committed to providing a safe and civil learning and working environment. The District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying and retaliation in all acts related to school activity or attendance. The District takes a strong position against bullying, hazing or any behavior that infringes on the safety and well-being of students, employees, or interferes with learning or teaching. The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a complaint or who participates in the complaint investigation process. The policy applies to all other persons within the District’s jurisdiction. The LMUSD bullying and hazing policy is written in accordance with Federal, State and California Education Code requires that all schools and all personnel promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance among students and staff. “All students and staff of public primary, elementary, junior and senior high have the inalienable right to attend campuses which are safe, secure and peaceful” [Article 1, Section 28(c) of the California State Constitution]. This policy shall encompass behaviors and actions that occur among students, District employees and associated adults. The policy is applicable in schools, at school and District-related programs, activities and events, traveling to and from school, and all other areas of the District’s jurisdiction (Ed Code 489009(s)). Bullying is defined as the deliberate antagonistic action or creation of a situation with the intent of inflicting emotional, physical, or psychological distress. The behavior may be a single or repeated act and may be electronic, indirect, non-verbal, psychological, sexual, social, physical or verbal. The District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification and ethnic background, age, religion(includes all aspects of religious belief, observance and practice, including agnosticism and atheism), marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth; the perception of one or more such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Cyber bullying is conducted via electronic communication technology (e.g., texts, e-mails, blogs, apps, postings) and meets the impact of bullying (see above). A person who engages in cyber bullying at school, at school related activities and events, or directs the cyberbullying at district students or staff, is subject to disciplinary action even if the bullying occurred on a personal electronic device. Cyber bullying that occurs off campus but compromises the safety or instructional environment of the school may fall under District jurisdiction. Hazing is any method of initiation, pre-initiation, or rite of passage associated with actual or desired membership in a student organization or student body, whether or not it is officially recognized by the educational institution.  

Parents and students are encouraged to work with their local school site administration to address any problems or concerns. For more information or assistance with parent/guardian or student concerns related to bullying or hazing, please contact Student Safety and Support. We also have a tip line available. For allegations of discrimination/harassment please contact Human Resources.

What is Bullying

“Bullying” means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonable predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

(a) Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that pupil’s or those pupils’ person or property.

(b) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health.

(c) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance.

(d) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by a school.

(i) “Electronic act” means the creation and transmission of a communication originated on or off school site, by means of an electronic act, including but not limited to a message, text, sound or image, or a post on a social network internet website.

(ii) “Reasonable pupil” means a pupil, including but not limited to an exceptional needs pupil who exercises average care, skill and judgment in conduct for a person of his or her age, or for a person of his or her age with his or her exceptional needs. (CA EC § 48900.)

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Dr Michael Pritchard

Dr. Michael Pritchard spoke in assemblies at all three LMUSD Middle Schools. Bullying is nothing to laugh about but Dr. Pritchard used humor, and his amazing skill with sound effects, to take on the tough subject. He used a mixture of laughter at straight talk to open things up, but the assembly took a somber turn when he asked members of the audience to share their experiences of bullying and the effects it has had on them. His visit was sponsored in in part by the Board of Education, the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, the cities of Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach, as well as the County of San Luis Obispo.


Joel Penton

Joel Penton spoke at several of our schools.  His relevant approach to teen issues focuses on the POSITIVE results of good decisions instead of the NEGATIVE consequences of poor choices.  Joel inspired our students with his stories of personal trials and subsequent triumphs that he says are proof that ordinary people can accomplish great things by simply following through with their commitments.

 

Marty Mimmack:

Marty Mimmack visited many of our schools.  This motivational speaker mixes disability acceptance with anti-bullying message.  Marty was born without arms and as a child with disabilities he was the target of bullying.  But now he shares a message of confidence and acceptance, “The more confident you are the more able you are to deal with challenges and frustrations.”