Committed to Providing Safe Environments

Harassment and/or bullying of students, employees, officers, board directors, and volunteers are against federal, state and local policy, and are not tolerated by the board. The board is committed to providing all students, employees, officers, board directors, and volunteers with a safe and civil school and work environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment.  Bullying and harassment of students, employees, officers, board directors, or volunteers by other students, or by others such as parents, vendors, and persons doing business with the school district, will not be tolerated in the school or school district.

Please review the full harassment and bullying policy and appropriate forms available on the district website. Student handbooks also include information in regards to harassment and bullying.

Anti-bullying/anti-harassment Policy (Board Policy 104)

Anti-bullying/anti-harassment Procedures (Board Policy 104.R1)

Complaint Form (Board Policy 104.E1)

Witness Disclosure Form (Board Policy 104.E2)

Disposition of Complaint Form (Board Policy 104.E3)

Respondent Form (Board Policy 104.E4)

An individual who believes that he/she has been harassed or bullied should notify a building or district administrator.  The complaint procedure can be found in board policy 104.E1. The building principal (or designee), for harassment or bullying occurring at the school building level, and the superintendent (or designee), for harassment or bullying occurring at the district administration or board level, will assign an investigator.  The investigator can be a supervisor, a building or district administrator, or a designated level 1 investigator for Chapter 102 complaints.

Chapter 102 Level One Investigators are:

Kevin Blackburn, Associate Principal
Summit Middle School
986-0318

Suzie Pearson, Principal
Wallace Elementary
278-6977

The district’s procedure in no way denies the right of a grievant to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Federal Office of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Iowa Department of Education for mediation or rectification of civil rights grievances, or to see private counsel for complaints alleging bullying, harassment, or discrimination.

The Executive Director of Human Resources is:

Laura Kacer
P.O. Box 10
5608 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA  50131
(515) 278-0470

Parent Resource:

Online Cyberbullying Training for parents and teachers

One in four teens has experienced cyberbullying, according to the latest research, and one in six teens admits to cyberbullying others. Many studies point to a strong link between bullying and suicide. Parents, teachers, and students need to recognize the dangers of bullying and learn how to help students who are most at risk.

NW3C and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, along with support from the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, have partnered to produce a new interactive online training designed to help educators and parents constructively address this serious problem facing young people today.

“Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem,” a 30- to 45-minute interactive training program, will serve as a resource for parents, teens, educators and law enforcement. This training addresses ways to cope with and respond to cyberbullying, including effective strategies for empathy, communication, conflict resolution and incident reporting. For more information about this training, or to take the course, go to www.nw3c.org/cyberbullying.