FINAL VOTE ON UNCONSTITUTIONAL HARASSMENT POLICY TONIGHT
WEST BEND EAST HIGH SCHOOL
WEST BEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
The "administrative rule" has been drafted for this policy (though parents AND/OR board members do not have the right to vote on this).
The paragraph at the end of the administrative rule is not specific enough. This is the problem:
The administrative rule states:
If the complaining student or alleged harasser is a student under the age of eighteen, the administrator handling the harassment complaint shall notify a parent of the situation if the outcome will result in disciplinary action to their child.
(SO PARENTS ONLY GET TO KNOW IF THERE IS DISCIPLINARY ACTION TAKEN? WHAT ABOUT NOTIFYING A PARENT WHEN THEIR CHILD FILES A COMPLAINT?)
It is the first priority of the District to ensure student safety and to investigate the circumstances of the situation. Parents will be notified as soon as practical.
(A TIME FRAME NEEDS TO BE SPELLED OUT HERE. 30 MINUTES? 30 DAYS?)
This notification will occur in all cases as outlined except those in which the harassment complaint official believes the notification will result in serious physical, emotional, or mental harm to the student.
(SO IF A CHILD SAYS THEY MIGHT GET SPANKED, THEN THE PARENTS WON'T BE TOLD? WHO DECIDES WHAT IS PARENTAL "HARM"? AND WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES?)
Parents are NOT MENTIONED ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE STEPS TO CARRY OUT FORMAL OR INFORMAL COMPLAINTS. This paragraph is ALL THERE IS.