Respect: Learn it! Earn it! Return It! Altoona Middle School Respect Policy The Altoona Middle School is committed to provide a safe, supportive and respectful environment for all members of our learning community. We believe that everyone deserves respect, that everyone should be shown consideration and appreciation, and that everyone’s feelings and personal worth will be honored. This is our commitment to develop and maintain a culture of respect throughout our school community. Term Definition Respect Respect is showing care and regard for someone or something Tattling is done to get someone in trouble with idle talk, secrets or unproven information. Teasing is words or actions used to get a response from someone and intended to be playful, not hurtful and should stop if requested. Harassment is unwanted words or actions that are intended to be offensive or intimidating. Bullying is a deliberate or intentional use of harmful words or actions that involves an imbalance of power and is repeated over time. Tattling Teasing Harassment Bullying Altoona Middle School Code of Behavior Every member of our school community is encouraged to choose RESPECT. I will treat myself with RESPECT. I will treat others with RESPECT no matter how they treat me. I will forgive others who do not treat me with RESPECT. I will resist the natural desire to pay back or take revenge. I will apologize when I do not treat others with RESPECT. I will support others who are not treated with RESPECT. I will ask for support when others to not treat me with RESPECT. Respect Is… Respect Is Not… Being aware of and accepting differences Showing concern for others Treating people fairly Observing personal boundaries Listening to others Solving conflicts appropriately and peacefully Including people in groups and conversations Demonstrating self-control Speaking well of others Allowing for alternative points of view Following through on commitments Following school expectations Name calling Making threats Spreading rumors Making fun of someone Inappropriate gestures Physical intimidation Hitting Unwanted touches Pranks Unwanted teasing Telling inappropriate jokes Vandalism Destruction of property Using technology to threaten or hurt someone Fundamental Principles of RESPECT Principle Number 1 Every human being is unique and has inherent worth and value, and therefore, should be treated with RESPECT. Respect means to be treated with care and consideration. This type of RESPECT is different from the type of respect that you can earn. Principle Number 2 Respect in not only an attitude, but an observable behavior. Respect will be clearly demonstrated in the following areas. Respect for Yourself Respect for Others Respect for Property Respect for Positions of Authority Respect for the Environment Principle Number 3 Every member of our school community knows inherently how to demonstrate RESPECT. Principle Number 4 If a member of our school community is not treating others or themselves with RESPECT, they are making a conscious choice NOT to do so. Principle Number 5 Every member of our school community is responsible for their own actions and choices. These actions and choices will always have consequences. Principle Number 6 It is acknowledged that every member of our school community may at some time fall short of the Code of Behavior. However, by providing a standard or benchmark for what is right and acceptable, we are holding a standard of behavior to work towards. Reporting a Bullying or Harassment Incident Who Can Report a Bullying or Harassment Incident? Any staff or student who has knowledge of or witnessed an alleged bullying or harassment event. Who Can the Incident Be Reported To? Teacher Other Staff Member Bus Driver Guidance Counselor Dean of Students Principal Family Member Another Student How to Report a Bullying or Harassment Incident? A written report can be completed individually or with an adult. The reports will be available in the teacher’s rooms. (online reports when available) Completed forms are turned into the AMS office. What Happens Once Report is Made? Report should be turned into Middle School Office. The Principal or designee investigates the incident. All concerned individuals will be notified. Meetings will be arranged with all concerned individuals if necessary. What Happens During the Meeting? Problem solving meetings are arranged by the Principal or designee. The meetings are arranged by the Principal or Dean of Students if necessary. The nature of the complaint is discussed. Results of the Investigation A decision regarding the administrative response or action will be determined. The Principal or designee will notify the necessary individuals of the response or action.