Bullying Prevention
Bainbridge Island School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and patrons, that is free from harassment., intimidation or bullying.
In order to ensure respect and prevent harm, it is a violation of District Policy 3706 for a student to be harassed, intimidated or bullied. BISD strives to provide students with optimal conditions for learning by maintaining a school environment where everyone is treated with respect and no one is physically or emotionally harmed. Procedure 3706 explains and/or defines harassment, intimidation and bullying, prevention, the role of the Compliance Officer, staff intervention. the specific steps in filing an incident report, and more.
Policies, Procedures, Forms - (click on the links and scan down to the correct policy or procedure, which are numerically listed)
Bullying Definition
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act that:
  • Physically harms a student or damages the student's property.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education.
  • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
If your child feels he/she has been harassed or bullied, the incident(s) should be reported immediately to a teacher, counselor, or principal, or directly to Compliance Officer Dr. Peter Bang-Knudsen, pbangknudsen@bisd303.org, 206-780-1072. Children bullied on the bus may report information to Transportation Supervisor, Rebecca Sonsalla, rsonsalla@bisd303.org, 206-842-4641..

Bullying: Prevention & Intervention - Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) (includes FAQs)
10 Tips for Families to Prevent & Address Bullying - Office of the Education Ombudsman
Bullying in Washington Schools: Update 2008 - Social & Economic Sciences Research Center
A Call to Stop Bullying - Voice Nation Live
Wonder by RJ Palacio, a novel that may generate thoughtful discussions about how kindness does matter, and we all have the ability to choose kind, is reviewed in the New York Times.