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3/16/2017 | TACOMA, Washington
TPS Students and Families,
Thank you for taking the time to share your personal stories and concerns on Facebook. We take harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) seriously. Every student has the right to feel safe and supported at school.
Next stepsRight now, our Student Life team is reading and reviewing each individual post. Student Life will work closely with building principals, teachers and staff to follow-up on current HIB concerns/issues, plans and revise plans as needed. Additionally, we will follow-up and investigate on any posts that appear to be previously unidentified or new cases.
Our approachSometimes youth make choices that are not in the best interest of themselves, others or the community around them. As educators, we believe in restorative practices to support students. That means we do not automatically suspend aggressors in every harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying case. We work to keep kids in school, help them learn from their mistakes, and learn how to be better communicators and citizens. This is part of our overall Whole Child Initiative and outlined in our student conduct policy. Every situation is unique, and we evaluate each one on a case-by-case basis.
We work with students to prepare them for their next steps in life by teaching good faith skills to communicate and manage differences when they have opposing opinions and strong emotions. These are lifelong skills they will need in college and the work place. This is partly why we’re evolving to a Whole Child approach. We want students to have their voice, and be prepared to share their perspectives in a safe, respectful way when their emotions are strong.
We strive to prevent, intervene in, and reduce incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying. This is important in the development of the whole child and our Tacoma community.
If a student feels that they are being harassed, intimidated or bullied in the school setting, please report it directly to the Assistant Principal or Principal at the school or to the Student Life Department: https://www.tacomaschools.org/student-life/Pages/HIB.aspx
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Thank you, Jennifer KubistaDirector of Student Life
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