The School values a healthy and peaceful educational environment.
All members of the School community, which includes students, parents and guardians, and the community members should be made aware of the negative effects that bullying can have on victims and the School in general, and should work towards ensuring that students can work in an environment without fear.
The School will do whatever is reasonably necessary and possible within its authority to eradicate bullying in all its forms.
The School takes a strong stance against bullying.
Bullying is unacceptable in our School and will not be tolerated.
Section 1. Legal Basis. This Policy is adopted in compliance with Republic Act No. 10627, otherwise known as the “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013” and other pertinent laws, rules and regulations of the Department of Education.
Section 2. Scope and Coverage. This Policy applies to the Kindergarten, Elementary, and High School programs at the Immaculate Conception Academy, hereafter referred to as the “School”.
Section 3. As defined by the “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013” and other pertinent laws, rules and regulations of the Department of Education, the following shall be the parties and/or stakeholders in bullying incidents:
Section 4. Statement of Policy. The School as a matter of policy prohibits bullying in all its forms, regardless of the means, place and time of its commission.
Section 5. Definition of Bullying.
“Bullying” refers to use of or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another student that has the effect of actually causing or placing the latter in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or damage to his property; creating a hostile environment at school for the other student; infringing on the rights of another student at school; or materially and substantially disrupting the education process or the orderly operation of a school; such as, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Any unwanted physical contact between the bully and the victim like punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, slapping, headlocks, inflicting school pranks, teasing, fighting and the use of available objects as weapons;
(2) Any act that causes damage to a victim’s psyche and/or emotional well- being;
(3) Any slanderous statement or accusation that is intended to cause the victim undue emotional distress like spreading lies, destroying reputations, directing foul language or profanity at the target, name- calling, tormenting and commenting negatively and maliciously on victim’s looks,
(4) “Cyber- bullying” or any bullying done through the use of technology or any electronic means. The term shall also include any conduct resulting to harassment, intimidation, or humiliation, through the use of other forms of technology, such as, but not limited to texting, email, instant messaging, chatting, internet, social media, online games, or other platforms or formats as defined in DepED Order No. 40, s. 2012.
Section 6. Other Forms of Bullying. The term “bullying” may also refer to:
Section 7. Common Forms of Bullying. The common forms of bullying shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
Section 8. Fair and equal treatment of bullying incidents. The School shall address each and every bullying incident fairly and equally. All forms of bullying shall be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.
Section 9. Situs of Bullying. The School has the authority to impose school discipline on its students including this Policy. This authority of the School is not confined within the School premises.
The School particularly undertakes to prevent and address bullying committed at the following:
III. Prevention Programs
Section 10. The School shall raise the awareness of the anti-social nature of bullying through various programs; assemblies; activities; and integration in the curriculum as it may deem appropriate.
The School undertakes to develop anti-bullying programs that are comprehensive, multi-faceted and shall involve all education stakeholders and personnel. The programs may contain among others:
(1) School-wide initiatives centered on:
(2) Classroom-level initiatives that focus on:
(3) Involving parents in bullying prevention activities, such as:
(4) Monitoring students who are vulnerable to committing aggressive acts or who are perpetrators of bullying, or who are possible targets or victims, for the purpose of early intervention. This activity shall be conducted with utmost confidentiality and respect for all parties concerned.
Section 11. Early Detection of Bullying. There are signs indicative that a student is being bullied in school. A drastic change in the student’s behavior or actions, change in the student’s routines, or the absence or presence of other circumstances, may be a sign that the student is a victim of bullying. The teacher, parents or guardian shall check and report to School authorities these changes should they become manifest. These changes may include but are not limited to the following:
Section 12. The School shall develop intervention programs to promote the continuity of comprehensive anti-bullying policies.
Intervention refers to a series of activities which are designed to address the following:
Section 13. Forms of Intervention. Interventions may include programs such as counseling, life skills training, education, and other activities that will enhance the psychological, emotional and psycho-social well-being of both the victim and the bully.
Such programs may:
Section 14. The School shall develop intervention strategies involving all parties, such as bullies, victims, bystanders, parents, school personnel, service providers and all other persons who may be affected by the bullying incident.
Section 15. The following are the responsibilities of stakeholders in bullying incidents:
(1) Bully. The “Bully” shall:
(2) Bullied or Victim. The Bullied or Victim shall:
(3) Bystander. The bystander shall:
(4) School. The School through the Administrator for Student Well-Being/Grade Level Coordinator/Guidance Office, teachers and other school administrators shall:
(5) Teachers and Other School Personnel. Teachers and other School personnel shall:
(6) Students in General. Students shall:
(7) Parents. Parents shall:
Section 16. The Anti-Bullying Committee. The School’s existing Child Protection Committee (CPC) shall also be designated as the School’s Anti-Bullying Committee.
Section 17. Composition. The Committee shall be composed of the following:
Section 18. Functions. The Anti-Bullying Committee shall perform the following tasks:
VII. Handling Bullying Incidents in the School
Section 19. Exclusive Jurisdiction. Complaints of bullying and other acts under this Policy shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of this School or jointly by Schools whenever the incident involves students from different schools. Bullying incidents shall not be brought for amicable settlement before the Barangay, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations. Complaints for acts covered by other laws shall be referred to the appropriate authorities.
Section 20. Effect of Institution of Criminal Action. The filing of criminal complaint by either or both the bully and the bullied before the law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s office, or courts of law shall not operate to divest this School of its authority to conduct its own investigation, fact finding, and/or disciplinary proceeding on the students involved.
Section 21. Immediate Responses. The victim or anyone who witnesses or has personal knowledge of a bullying incident or retaliation shall immediately call the attention of any school personnel. The school personnel who was notified of a bullying incident or retaliation shall intervene, by:
Section 22. Reporting the Bullying Incident or Retaliation
Section 23. Fact-Finding and Documentation
The Administrator for Student Well-Being/Grade Level Coordinator /Guidance Office shall:
Section 24. Referral to Experts Outside of the School. The School may, upon evaluation, refer the victim and the bully to trained professionals outside the school, such as social workers, guidance counselors, psychologists, or child protection specialists, for further assessment and appropriate intervention measures, as may be necessary. The School also undertakes to notify the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WPCD) of the local Philippine National Police, in appropriate cases involving the bully or offending student.
VIII. Disciplinary Measures
Section 25. Where students resist or refuse to respond to intervention or preventative strategies to address bullying, the School will resort to stringent actions to deal with persistent and violent bullying. Disciplinary actions may or may not be resorted to by the School depending on the circumstances of each case with due consideration to the age of the students or pupils involved.
Section. 26. Due Process
1) a Complaint; or
2) a motu proprio Charge from the Administrator for Student Well-Being / Grade Level Coordinator / Guidance Office on the basis of a report of the teacher, school personnel or bystanders.
(1) the complaining student with the assistance of her parents;
(2) or by the parents on the basis of their child’s statements.
Section 27. Sanctions
THE ADMINISTRATION RESERVES ITS RIGHT TO IMPOSE DIFFERENT (WHETHER HEAVIER OR LIGHTER) SANCTIONS DEPENDING ON THE GRAVITY OF THE OFFENSE AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH CASE.
1) If the act of bullying committed does not fall under any offense defined in the Student Manual, the following sanctions shall apply:
1.1 First Offense: Reprimand and Summon of Parents
1.2 Second Offense: Suspension from Classes for three (3) to five (5) school days, or Community Service for three (3) to five (5) school days, or both.
1.3 Third or Subsequent Offense: Non-Readmission to Exclusion.
2) If the act of bullying committed falls under an offense already defined and prohibited in the Student Manual, the higher penalty or sanction shall apply.
3) Depending on the seriousness or gravity of the offense committed and/or the extent of injuries suffered by the victim, the School reserves the right to recommend the extreme penalty of expulsion subject to approval of the Department of Education.
4) In addition to the disciplinary sanction imposed, the School may likewise refer the alleged bully and/or the alleged victim for counselling by the School’s Guidance Counsellor or by a private counsellor of their choice, or to other intervention programs of the School should it become necessary.
Section 28. Preventive suspension. The School may at its discretion and during the pendency of the investigation, put any student on preventive suspension for a period not longer than three (3) school days, if there is reason to believe that the presence of said student might put her at risk of more harm, or will jeopardize the general peace and order of the campus. Such preventive suspension may extend to the parents or guardians of the students involved in the incident. In such case, the parents are barred from entering the School’s premises or attend School activities during the said suspension.
Section 29. False Accusation of Bullying. If a student, after an investigation, is found to have knowingly made a false accusation of bullying, the said student shall be subjected to the same disciplinary actions or to appropriate interventions for “bullies” under this Policy.
Section 30. Confidentiality. Any information relating to the identity and personal circumstances of the bully, victim, or bystander shall be treated with utmost confidentiality by the Anti-Bullying Committee, teacher concerned, and the Administrator for Student Well-Being/Grade Level Coordinator/ Guidance Office, provided that the names may be made available to the parents or guardians of students who are or have been victims of bullying or retaliation.
Any school personnel who commits a breach of confidentiality shall be subject to appropriate sanctions including termination of employment as may be provided in the School’s Employee’s Handbook.
Section 31. Effectivity. This Policy shall take effect immediately upon the date of its approval and shall not be modified, altered, amended or repealed unless otherwise resolved through a valid Resolution of the Board of Trustees/ Directors of the School.