Stop Bullying

reportbullying@gnbvt.edu

Mr. Pimental 508-998-3321 ext. 293 (Grade: 9, 10) - Mr. Williams 508-998-3321 ext. 277 (Grades: 11, 12)

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

On May 3, 2010, Governor Patrick signed into law an Act Relative to Bullying in Schools. This law prohibits bullying and retaliation in all public and private schools, and requires schools and school districts to take certain steps to address bullying incidents. Parts of the law (M.G.L. c. 71, 37O) that are important for students and parents or guardians to know are described below.
These requirements are included in the district's Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan ("the Plan"). The Plan includes the requirements of the new law, and information about the policies and procedures that the Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School will follow to prevent bullying and retaliation, or to respond to it when it occurs.

Definitions:


Aggressor is a student or member of a school staff, including but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional who engages in bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation.
Bullying is: Cyberbullying: Hostile environment is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the student’s education.
Target is a student against whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation is directed.

Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses, or has reliable information about bullying.
Retaliation against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses, or has reliable information about bullying is prohibited.

Prohibition Against Bullying

Bullying is prohibited:

Reporting Bullying

Anyone, including a parent or guardian, student, or school staff member, can report bullying or retaliation. Reports can be made in writing or orally to the principal or another staff member, or reports may be made anonymously (reportbullying@gnbvt.edu)
If school staff members witness or become aware of bullying or retaliation, they must report it immediately to one of the following security personnel:
Assistant Principal Warley Williams (warley.williams@gnbvt.edu, ext. 277)
Assistant Principal Robert Pimental (rpimental@gnbvt.edu, ext. 381)
Shane Teixeira (shane.teixeira@gnbvt.edu, ext. 272)
Brittany Fernandez (bkosboski@gnbvt.edu, ext. 272)
If there is no answer, please dial “0”. Mr. Williams has students in grades 11-12, and Mr. Pimental has students in grades 9-10.
Staff members include, but are not limited to educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to an extracurricular activity, or paraprofessionals.
If a member of the security staff determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, he or she shall report it to the appropriate Assistant Principal. The Assistant Principal will notify the appropriate Coordinator/Department Head. Upon further investigation, the Principal will be notified. The Principal or designee shall:


Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is defined as the severe or repeated use of written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, by one or more students or member(s) of school personnel directed at a student that has the effect of:


Reporting bullying or retaliation

Reports of bullying or retaliation may be made by staff, students, parents or guardians, or others, and may be oral or written. Reports made by students, parents, or guardians, or other individuals who are not school or district staff members, may be made anonymously. GNBVT has a variety of reporting resources available to the school community that include: an Incident Reporting Form (Security Office), Security voicemail boxes, a mailing address, and a dedicated email address.

A description of the reporting procedures and resources, including the name and contact information of the Security Personnel, is incorporated in student and staff handbooks, and on the school website.

Reporting by Students, Parents or Guardians, and Others

GNBVT expects students, parents, or guardians, and others who witness or become aware of an instance of bullying or retaliation involving a student to report it to Security or the Assistant Principal. Reports may be made anonymously, but no disciplinary action will be taken against an alleged aggressor solely on the basis of an anonymous report. Students, parents, or guardians, and others may request assistance from a staff member to complete a written report. Students will be provided practical, safe, private, and age-appropriate ways to report and discuss and incident of bullying.

Anyone reporting bullying or retaliation may use any of the following methods:

  1. Complete an Incident Reporting Form in the Security Office with Ms. Fernandez/Mr. Teixeira
  2. Call the Assistant Principal:
  1. Leave a voice mail with Security Personnel at 508-998-3321 x272
  2. Mail information to:
       Security Office
       Greater New Bedford Reg. Voc-Tech H.S.
       1121 Ashley Boulevard
       New Bedford, MA 02745
  3. Send an email to reportbullying@gnbvt.edu

Reporting by Staff

A school staff member (including educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to an extracurricular activity, or paraprofessionals) is required to immediately report any instance of bullying or retaliation the staff member has witnessed or become aware of to Security Personnel as follows:

   Brittany Fernandez - brittany.fernandez@gnbvt.edu: 508-998-3321 x272
   Mr. Williams - warley.williams@gnbvt.edu: 508-998-3321 x277
   Shane Teixeira - shane.teixeira@gnbvt.edu: 508-998-3321 x272
   Mr. Pimental - rpimental@gnbvt.edu: 508-998-3321 x381
   (if there is no answer at any extension, please dial 0).

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