It is with enthusiasm and interest that I am writing as an applicant for your current posting for a fifth grade classroom teacher for the school year at Maple Ridge Elementary School in the Prairie Valley School District. My student teaching cooperating teacher, Jane Smith, encouraged me to apply for the position. Jane is happily employed at Blue Lake Elementary in your district.
Bullying and School Liability: What Administrators Should Know Can schools be held legally accountable for student bullying?
If so, under what circumstances? These tough questions have emerged alongside increased awareness of the detrimental effects of bullying.
While almost all states have passed new, or strengthened existing, anti-bullying laws, many districts, in the face of rising family legal action concerning bullying, remain unclear regarding legally compliant policies and best practices.
EducationWorld offers the following primer for school leaders concerned about civil liability for bullying and harassment. While we can all agree that any form of bullying is undesirable in a school setting, harassment occurs only when students are bullied based on personal characteristics that trigger special federal protection—namely gender, race or disability.
Bullying that constitutes harassment is specifically prohibited by federal law. It is therefore harassment-related student bullying that when left unchecked by school officials, poses the greatest legal risk.
The harassment was severe, pervasive and offensive this standard takes into account both severity and frequency; if severe, even a one-time incident can qualify. The school an official with authority to act had knowledge of the harassment.
The school was deliberately indifferent to the harassment. In addition, even when a school did not have knowledge of student harassment, a plaintiff might claim school negligence under state law i. Guidance from the federal Office for Civil Rights can help administrators understand their obligations regarding student harassment.
Supreme Court acknowledges that the First Amendment protects even objectionable speech that could constitute legally defined harassment. For example, in some cases, courts have sided with students when their anti-gay speech was punished or prevented by schools. Educators can further explore the issue of harassment and free speech with this guide: Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression: Guidelines for Free and Safe Public Schools.
Schools are likely to avoid legal problems if they: Take reports of bullying and harassment seriously, investigate them, promptly enact safety plans for student targets and monitor these plans to ensure effectiveness; Consider whether harassment of students with disabilities may be affecting their right to obtain an appropriate education.
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Kate Kelly. Writing a Letter to Teacher about Bullying (with Sample) Use this sample letter to teacher about bullying as a template for your formal notification.
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The key grafs: "Defending the embargo, the American overflights, and the UN inspections: this is the right way to oppose. A teaching guide (discussion guide, lesson plan, teachers' guide) for teaching children about bullying and teasing.
Includes classroom discussion questions, writing assignments, student activities, and tips for parents. For grades K Write a letter to the teacher, then consult with her and the guidance counselor to discuss the matter.
Follow up the meeting with a "thank you" letter, outlining the actions the teacher promised to take.