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Dickinson ISD implements a robust bullying and cyberbulliyng prevention program, including an anonymous reporting system called Campus P3. This page also provides the definitions and laws related to bullying and cyberbullying as well as our district's reporting policy. DISD takes all allegations of bullying and cyberbullying seriously and will fully investigate all reports.
Texas Education Code (TEC) §37.0832 identifies bullying as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct and that
Cyberbullying is bullying that involves the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet-based communication tool.
The following links provide support services to students:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (outside source) (888) 333-2377
Mental Health America (outside source) (800) 969-6642
National Domestic Violence (outside source) Hotline (800) 799-7233, (800) 787-3224 (TTY)
National Runaway Safeline (outside source) (800) 786-2929
National Victim Center (outside source) (202) 467-8700
Trevor Helpline for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth (outside source) (866) 488-7386
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway (outside source)
Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
Dickinson ISD utilizes several programs to help give students the tools to extinguish bullying through the blending of School-Wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports, explicit instruction, and a redefinition of the bullying construct.
Safe & Civil Schools
Texas Education Code Chapter 37 Section 37.001 Student Code of Conduct
Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Section 37.0832 (David’s Law) Bullying prevention policies and procedures
Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Section 37.217 Community education relating Internet safety
Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Section 37.218 Programs on dangers of students sharing visual material depicting minor engaged in sexual conduct
Texas Education Code Chapter 25, Section 25.0342 Transfer of students who are victims of or have engaged depicting minor engaged in sexual conduct
If you have concerns about bullying, meet with the campus principal to express your concerns. If your child is receiving special education services, go to the ARD committee to focus on the problem and arrange a plan to intervene at the campus level. For additional guidance related to addressing your concerns, we encourage you to visit your district office for clarification.
The following links provide information about bullying and cyberbullying:
A link to a survey of middle school students' experiences with bullying (outside source)
Connect Safely (outside source)
Cyberbullying Research Center (outside source)
CyberWise (outside source)
National School Climate Center’s BullyBust (outside source)
Pacer Center’s Kids Against Bullying (outside source)
Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying (outside source)
The Texas Attorney General’s Office (outside source)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration web site (outside source)
Wired Safety (outside source)
Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying
The district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related
activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written, or
expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the
district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another
student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to
immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process
is a violation of district policy and is prohibited.
Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher,
counselor, principal or other district employee. Students or parents may contact the campus to
obtain an incident report form that may be used to submit the complaint.
Please note that after submission of the complaint to the district employee, the district may
assign the complaint to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted complaint and
any other important matters pertaining to the complaint. We encourage you to communicate
with your designated campus administrator during this time.
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