Quest Montessori School Social Cruelty Response Program – Quest Montessori believes that every student has the right to learn in a supportive environment free from bullying.
To create a climate in which all students can be free from bullying, Quest Montessori has the following procedures and protocols in place to address such issues.
If a student or parent feels an incident of bullying has occurred, or if you believe that your child is engaging in bullying behavior or being bullied…
First, please speak to your child’s teacher promptly. At anytime, a student can confidentially speak to a teacher, the Asst. Head of School, or the Head of School about a perceived incident of bullying.
Second, a parent/student may fill out a Bullying Incident Form found in the Quest Main Office. This will allow the school to fully investigate any accusations of bullying.
Last, after a full investigation by Quest, the school will follow-up, as necessary, with all parties involved and written documentation will be mailed home summarizing the school’s conclusions in relation to the investigation and allegations.
Outcomes. Quest’s response to confirmed acts of bullying include a set of escalating consequences administered by the Assistant Head of School with collaboration from the classroom teacher shall include, but not be limited to: warnings and admonitions, reflective writing, parent notification and meetings, loss of school privileges, detention, in-school suspension, or out of school suspension.
A demonstrated pattern of bullying will lead to a meeting with the Head of School and ultimately, dismissal from school may be a consequence for students who engage in bullying behavior.
Bullying as defined by the state of Rhode Island means the 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 a student that:
- Causes physical or emotional harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
- Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property;
- Creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment for the student;
- Infringes on the rights of the student to participate in school activities; or
- Materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of school.
The expression, physical act or gesture may include, but is not limited to, an incident or incidents that may be reasonably perceived as being motivated by characteristics such as: Race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or mental, physical, or sensory disability, intellectual or by and other distinguishing characteristic.
Cyber-Bullying as defined by the state of Rhode Island means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, texting or intelligence or any natural transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, Internet communication, instant messages or facsimile communications. (State of RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Safe School Act Statewide Bullying Policy.
The complete Statewide Bullying policy can be found in the Quest Main Office or online at the website address listed below.
Again, if you believe that your child is engaging in bullying behavior or being bullied, please speak to your child’s teacher or the appropriate administrator promptly.