Board Policy 5470
Preventing Teen Dating Violence
Each student has a right to a safe learning environment, and teen dating violence diminishes a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. “Teen dating” or a “dating relationship” is defined as an “ongoing social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature between two persons.” Casual relationships or ordinary fraternization between two persons in a school or social context are not included in this definition.
“Teen dating violence” is defined as either 1) a pattern of behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use physical, mental or emotional abuse to control another person who is in a dating relationship with that person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age, or 2) behavior by which a person uses or threatens to use sexual violence against another person who is in a dating relationship with that person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age.
Teen dating violence is prohibited in each of the following situations:
- During any school sponsored education program or activity.
- While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school sponsored or school sanctioned events or activities.
- Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.
- Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function.
Students who believe they are victims of teen dating violence or have witnessed teen dating violence are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Non-discrimination Coordinator, Complaint Manager, building principal, associate principal, dean, or social worker, or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Students may choose to report to a person of the student’s same gender. The building principal/designee will investigate the complaint and make a determination as to what, if any, discipline will be imposed. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined. Students who retaliate against a student who makes a complaint or provides information in relation to a complaint shall be subject to discipline in accordance with Board policy and regulations.
Teen Dating Violence Education
Teen dating violence education shall be incorporated as part of the curriculum at an age-appropriate level for those students in grade 7 and 8 and for employees. The building principal/designee shall recommend the age-appropriate instruction to be given to 7th and 8th grade students.