Bullying Policy and Guidelines

KDO Academy Bullying Policy and Guidelines-

 

KDO Academy recognizes that a learning environment needs to be physically and emotionally safe and secure for all students, promote Godliness and good citizenship and support academic achievement. To protect all the students God has given to us at KDO Academy we prohibit acts of bullying, harassment, and other forms of aggression and violence. We want it understood that our students will conduct themselves in a Godly manner that edifies and lifts each other up. Passive support of bullying by bystanders will also not be permitted. Students who are aware of these bullying characteristics are expected to notify staff. The actual or perceived tearing down of another individual will not be tolerated. KDO is responsible for behaviors that happen during our operating hours, as well as students that are on a KDO Academy designated field trip.

 

Definition-"Bullying" is conduct that meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress.

  • Is an act that is repeated

  • Is directed at one or more pupils, and interferes with the educational benefits

  • Is conveyed through physical, verbal, written, technological or emotional means

  • Is based on the actual or perceived understanding of bullying characteristics

  • It is, but not limited to: unwanted teasing, threatening, intimidating, stalking, physical violence, theft, sexual/religious/or racial harassment, public humiliation, destruction of property, social exclusion, coercion, rumor spreading of falsehoods or truths, or retaliation against individuals who report any behaviors under this policy.

 

Elementary Consequences:

  • Offense 1: At the discretion of the teacher a lesson on understanding bullying behavior will take place. Teacher will help the student understand that actual or perceived offenses lead to breaks in relationships. It is our duty as Christians to live at peace with each other as much as it is possible for us to do so. (Romans 12:17-19) This first step is to give the child a chance to correct their behavior, and bring understanding into their hearts and lives.

  • Offense 2: Student reminded of bullying policy. Student will be asked to write a letter of apology to the offended student during the lunch/recess period. Parent will be notified at the end of the day of offenses, and given a copy of the letter the child wrote. Teacher will send out a general reminder to parents to talk about bullying with their children.

  • Offense 3: Temporary suspension. Parent will be asked to deal with the behavior, and report back to the teacher with the steps taken. Remember, fees are paid to KDO Academy regardless.

  • Offense 4: Student's enrollment will be terminated. Future enrollment will be at the discretion of the board. Parents are responsible for payment on the tuition for remaining portion of the year.

 

High School Consequences:

  • Offense 1: At the discretion of the staff member that is made aware of incident a lesson on understanding bullying behavior will take place. Teacher will help the student understand that actual or perceived offenses leads to breaks in relationships. It is our duty to live in peace with each other as much as it is possible (Romans 12:17-19), and  to lift up and edify one another. Teacher must notify board and parents at this point.

  • Offense 2: Temporary suspension. Parent will be asked to leave student home for one week, in order to deal with the behavior, and report back to the teacher steps taken to correct behavior. Remember, fees are paid to KDO Academy regardless.

  • Offense 3: Student enrollment will be terminated. Parents are responsible for payment on tuition for remaining year. Reenrollment for the next year will be at the discretion of the board.

 

Parents may request a meeting with the board with this clear understanding:

  • Any letters written to the board about the incidences will be the sole property of the KDO Academy Board. 

  • The board will use their discretion in sharing the actual or perceived accusations that have been made to protect all involved.

  • We ask that you come with an open mind that none of us are perfect, and that we are all working towards the goal of raising Godly children.

  • The board holds the right to determine if there is a need to reconvene the meeting for any reason.

  • The teacher will not be present in any meeting. The board will have already taken steps to determine the actions of the teacher.

 

The staff and board of KDO Academy hold the right to use their discretion in handling bullying behaviors depending on the severity level since behaviors and student’s understandings can vary, and other criteria make it necessary for us to discern what is best for our community of students. It is our goal to bring healing to broken relationships, and all will be done to achieve that goal. We strive to honor our Lord and Savior in all that we do.