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Any students who witnesses or is the victim of an act of harassment, bullying, or hazing should report it directly to an adult at school. If unable to reach an adult directly, you may use this form to report an incident related to harassment, bullying, hazing, and discrimination. Students who report this type of incident have the right to be safe from any type of retaliation.

False reporting will be taken seriously to the full extent of the law.

The South Orangetown Central School District’s Board of Education is committed to providing an educational and working environment that promotes respect, dignity, and equality. The Board recognizes that harassment, hazing, and bullying are detrimental to student learning and achievement. These behaviors interfere with the mission of the district to educate its students and disrupts the operation of the schools. Such behavior affects not only the students who are its targets but also those individuals who participate and witness such acts.

To this end, the Board strictly prohibits all forms of harassment, hazing, bullying, and cyber-bullying on school grounds, school buses and at all school-sponsored activities, programs and events (including those that take place at locations outside the district) since these acts affect materially and substantially in the disruption of the educational process of the school environment and/or impinge on the rights of others.

Diginity for All Students Act

South Orangetown CSD Code

Dignity for all Student - Board of Education Policy

This system will be monitored between the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm during regular school hours on days when students are in session, and an investigation, where actionable, will commence within 2 school days of receipt of the report.


Do not use this system to report issues requiring immediate assistance.
If this is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

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CyberBullying

Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. "Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is never called cyberbullying.

Harassment

Harassment covers a wide range of behaviors enacted by one person to another person that are intended to disturb or upset, and usually repetitive in nature. Harassment can come in many different forms including unwanted text messages. Text messaging harassment is when someone continuously sends text messages to a person when they either aren't supposed to or have been asked to stop doing it.

Bullying

Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

Depression

Most people have felt sad or depressed at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss of a friend, loss of a relative, poor performance in school, and loss of a sporting game, students life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem. But when feelings of intense sadness, feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless last for many weeks your depression may need to be treated as a medical condition and you may need to seek counseling and talk about how you are feeling to a counselor or physiologist.