Azusa USD Board Policy 5145.3 prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Prohibited discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying includes physical, verbal, nonverbal, or written conduct based on one of the categories listed above that is so severe and pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile or offensive educational environment; has the effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance, or otherwise adversely affects a student’s educational opportunities.
The Governing Board desires to provide a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm. District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate the bullying of any student. No student or group of students shall, through physical, written, verbal means, harass, sexually harass, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily harm or commit hate violence against any other student or school personnel. Students are encouraged to notify school staff when they are being bullied or suspect that another student is being victimized. Students may submit to a teacher or administrator a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying. Any student who engages in bullying on school premises, or off-campus in a manner that causes or is likely to cause a substantial disruption of a school activity or school attendance, shall be subject to discipline, which may include suspension or expulsion, in accordance with district policies and regulations.
Dalton students, parents/guardians, and employees are provided information and training regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying at least once each semester, including what constitutes prohibited behavior, how to report incidents, and to whom such reports should be made.