Bullying Prevention Policies & Procedures
Suncoast STEAM Academy affirms the right of every student to attend a school that is safe and secure. All persons are to be treated with dignity and respect; therefore, the Suncoast STEAM Academy administration, students, parents/guardians and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect and safe, harmonious relations that support dignity and equality. To that end, Suncoast STEAM Academy has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to address incidents of bullying and harassment when they occur.
Suncoast STEAM Academy will not tolerate bullying or any behavior that infringes on the safety or
well-being of students, staff, or any other persons within the district’s jurisdiction whether directed at an individual or group. This includes but is not limited to bullying or harassment based on race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, language, perceived or actual sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, political or religious ideology, physical appearance, or economic status, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy applies to all acts while on school grounds, at a school sponsored-activity, while traveling to and from school, on a school bus, during any activity related to school attendance.
Bullying is defined as any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, as defined, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, hate violence, or harassment, threats, or intimidation while on school grounds, at a school sponsored-activity, while traveling to and from school, on a school bus, during any activity related to school attendance that typically has the effect or can reasonably be predicted to have the effect of placing a reasonable pupil, as defined, in fear or harm to that pupil’s or those pupil’s person or property, causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance, or causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.