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McCleary School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and patrons that is free of harassment, intimidation, or bullying (HIB). MSD School Board Policy 3207 prohibits all forms of harassment, intimidation, and bullying on school grounds, at school events, and when these behaviors disrupt the educational process.

What is the Washington state legal definition of harassment, intimidation, or bullying?

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act when the intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act: 

  1. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or 
  2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or 
  3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or 
  4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. 

Reporting harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying

McCleary School District is committed to providing a safe environment for all students. Reports of harassment, intimidation, and bullying are handled with utmost importance and care. If you witness or are a victim of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, it should be reported to a teacher, school counselor, or school administrator.

Use the following form to report incidents:

Reports can be made anonymously or non-anonymously. Please consider the following when choosing how to report:

Anonymous Reporting

  • The report may be treated as informational only if an investigation is unable to be completed with the information provided
  • Depending on the information provided, an investigation may or may not occur
  • Typically, no discipline can be assigned based on an anonymous report
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    Lifeline
    • https://988lifeline.org/chat/
    • 1-800-273-8255
    • For deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889
    • Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services
    • McCleary School District will not be notified
    • Resources will be made available
    Crisis Text Line
    • Text HOME to 741741 or go to crisistextline.org/texting-in
    • McCleary School District will not be notified
    • Resources will be made available
    Grays Harbor County 24-Hour Crisis Line
    • Columbia Wellness: 360-532-4357 or 1-800-685-6556
    • McCleary School District will not be notified

    Non-Anonymous Reporting

    • A building administrator will contact you regarding your experience
    • You have the option to report confidentiality or non-confidentially
    • Depending on the information provided, an investigation may or may not occur
    • Depending on the information provided, an investigation may be mandatory according to the law

    IN-PERSON REPORT:

    • Students and families can report any incidents of harassment, intimidation, or bullying directly to any district staff member when they are taking place

    Targeted Student’s Right to Appeal

    If the complainant or parent/guardian is dissatisfied with the results of the investigation, they may appeal to the superintendent or his or her designee by filing a written notice of appeal within five (5) school days of receiving the written decision. The superintendent or his or her designee will review the investigative report and issue a written decision on the merits of the appeal within five (5) school days of receiving the notice of appeal.

    If the targeted student remains dissatisfied after the initial appeal to the superintendent, the student may appeal to the school board by filing a written notice of appeal with the secretary of the school board on or before the fifth (5) school day following the date upon which the complainant received the superintendent’s written decision.

    An appeal before the school board or disciplinary appeal council must be heard on or before the tenth (10th) school day following the filing of the written notice of appeal to the school board. The school board or disciplinary appeal council will review the record and render a written decision on the merits of the appeal on or before the fifth (5th) school day following the termination of the hearing and will provide a copy to all parties involved. The board or council’s decision will be the final district decision.

    HIB Compliance Officer: Susan Zetty, 360-495-3204, szetty@mccleary.wednet.edu