Board Policy 5470

Preventing Teen Dating Violence

  • Engaging in teen dating violence that takes place at school, on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or in vehicles used for school-provided transportation is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, the term teen dating violence occurs whenever a student who is 11 to 19 years of age uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control an individual in the dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship.


    The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a program to respond to incidents of teen dating violence that:


             1. Fully implements and enforces each of the following Board policies:
                 a. 7260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. This policy provides a method for any student,

                     parent/guardian, employee, or community member to file a complaint if he or she

                     believes that the School Board, its employees, or its agents have violated his or

                     her rights under the State or federal Constitution, State or federal statute, Board

                     policy, or various enumerated bases.
                 b. 7265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure. This policy prohibits any person

                     from engaging in sexual harassment in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments

                     of 1972. Prohibited conduct includes but is not limited to sexual assault, dating violence,

                     domestic violence, and stalking.
                 c. 5020, Harassment of Students Prohibited. This policy prohibits any person from harassing

                     intimidating, or bullying a student based on the student’s actual or perceived characteristics

                     of sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; and gender-related identity or expression (this

                     policy includes more protected statuses).
                 d. 5440, Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment. This policy

                     prohibits students from engaging in bullying, intimidation, and harassment at school,

                     school-related events and electronically. Prohibited conduct includes threats, stalking, physical

                     violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property,

                     or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying.


             2. Encourages anyone with information about incidents of teen dating violence to report them to any

                 of the following individuals:
                 a. Any school staff member. School staff shall respond to incidents of teen dating violence by

                     following the District’s established procedures for the prevention, identification, investigation,

                     and response to bullying and school violence.
                 b. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of

                      Students, or a Complaint Manager identified in policy 5020, Harassment of Students Prohibited.


             3. Incorporates age-appropriate instruction in grades 7 through 12, in accordance with the District’s

                 comprehensive health education program in Board policy 6040, Curriculum. This includes

                 incorporating student social and emotional development into the District’s educational program

                 as required by State law and in alignment with Board policy 6370, Student Social and Emotional

                 Development.


             4. Incorporates education for school staff, as recommended by the Nondiscrimination Coordinator,

                 Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, or a Complaint Manager.


             5. Notifies students and parents/guardians of this policy.