The 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 a timely manner. It is vital that parents and students work together with school staff to help resolve these concerns.
The following information is intended to help students and parents understand:
- What is the board policy for bullying and harassment?
- What is the Iowa law regarding bullying and harassment in schools?
- What are the options for reporting and getting help?
For more detailed identification information as well as a description of the process used for investigations and decision-making, please see the handbook below.
Anti-Bullying / Anti-Harassment Board Policies
Iowa Anti-Bullying Legislation
Iowa Code 280.28 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.
Parents and students: If you have concerns that you (student) or your child (parent) is being picked on, bullied, or harassed by another student (and the reason is not based on one of a specific “traits or characteristics” listed in the section above), please contact a teacher, counselor, student advocate, or administrator in your child’s building. Additionally, you may choose to complete the online informal complaint form. Any complaints completed on the online site will be routed to building principals to determine how to address.
Parents and students: If you feel the bullying or harassment is related to one of the “traits or characteristics” listed in the section above, please complete the formal complaint form in writing and take directly to your school building’s administrator or to the district office located at 380 Wright Rd.