Anti-Bullying/Harassment

Iowa Code 291–12.3(13) defines bullying and harassment as the following:

“Harassment” and “bullying” shall mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student based on the individual’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status, and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
  • Has a substantial detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

“Trait or characteristic of the student” includes but is not limited to age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.

Norwalk Community School District is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students. Concerns about bullying or harassment are taken seriously and will be dealt with in timely, and thorough manner. It is vital that parents and students work together with their child’s school administration to help resolve these concerns.

Parents or students: If you would prefer to notify the district of a potential concern in an informal way, please complete an online informal complaint form. Any complaints completed on the online site will be routed to building principals and district administrators.

If you would like to file a formal complaint form, please complete and take directly to your school building’s administrator or to the district office located at 380 Wright Rd.

Thank you for putting forth the effort to stop bullying at your school.

Bullying / Anti-Harassment Board Policy 104