Oregon’s school districts are charged with ensuring that all students feel safe and welcome in their schools. This means affording individuals freedom of expression, while prohibiting harassment, intimidation, bullying, cyberbullying, and the display of hate symbols.
WESD can provide technical assistance and support to schools in the prevention of bullying, harassment, and cyberbullying. Please contact Nathan Shay firstname.lastname@example.org for technical assistance and support in all areas of bullying prevention.
As used in ORD 339.351 - Oregon anti-bullying laws include the following definitions of bullying or harassing behavior:
(1) “Cyberbullying” means the use of any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate or bully.
(2) “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that:
(a) Substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance;
(b) Takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop;
(c) Has the effect of:
(A) Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;
(B) Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property; or
(C) Creating a hostile educational environment, including interfering with the psychological well-being of a student; and
(d) May be based on, but not be limited to, the protected class status of a person.
ORS § 339.351 (2009)
Oregon Department of Education Bullying Guidance
Bullying Guidance: This Q&A provides summary information, with footnotes provided for readers who wish to review the relevant section of the full written law.
Bullying Guidance: Spanish Language Version.
Every Student Belongs
WESD will support school districts with equity and racial equity-centered safety planning resources for implementing the Every Student Belongs (OAR 581-022-2312) rule, which prohibits the use or display of hate symbols, including the Confederate flag, and the noose—two of the most recognizable hate symbols in the U.S.
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) offers the Every Student Belong Bias Incident Response Guide for all schools to utilize in the event of an incident.
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