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Anti Bullying Policy






We focus on core values and using respectful communication skills to solve conflicts. We closely monitor and observe the behaviors of students to ensure that bullying is not allowed to occur and we take swift action to deal with any incident. We also work together to ensure that conflict resolution skills are taught and practiced, giving children the necessary tools to deal with Normal Peer Conflict.



Bullying is a willful, conscious desire to hurt, frighten, or threaten. It is usually ongoing in nature. Bullying is a series of repeated, intentionally cruel incidents, or threat of harm, that involve the same children, in the same bully and victim roles. It involves an imbalance of power, either real or perceived. It can be physical and/or verbal and may include racial, religious, and sexual harassment. Additionally, it can include offensive gestures, inappropriate touching, intimidation, extortion and social exclusion. The behavior is designed to intentionally hurt, injure, embarrass, upset or discomfort the other person. Due to the willful and conscious nature, preschool children are not characteristically developmentally capable of carrying out bullying and are often involved in Normal Peer Conflicts.


Normal Peer Conflict is a part of every child’s life experience. As children learn to give and take, learn about cooperation and social interaction, conflict naturally occurs. Children in the early years do no always think of others. Their goal in both friendship and play is egocentric, or self-centered. They are still learning self-control and developing a sense of personal space. A common response to frustration is one of rejecting the other child, both emotionally and physically. Pushing or getting upset about not being first in line, grabbing an item away from another child, disagreeing about what to play or how to proceed in a game, or saying, “I’m not going to be your friend anymore,” are all examples of Normal Peer Conflict. It is typically characterized by the developmental level of the children involved. Relationship and social struggles often surface in the early elementary years, as children become more independent and attempt to navigate friendships and group dynamics. Aggression and hurtful remarks are part of conflict at all ages; they do not necessarily mean that a bully-victim problem exists.



Discipline at Cottonwood Creek Charter School is based on a positive attitude toward children. Students are taught the importance of mutual respect and intentional violence or bullying will not be tolerated. Appropriate use of non-violent communication and frustration tolerance skills are expected and modeled.

Cottonwood Creek Charter School requires all employees, and encourages parents, to report any known incidents of bullying or willful or deliberate violence within 24 hours to their child’s teacher and/or the Director. When such an incident is observed, employees are required to report the incident to the Director. Families of the children involved in bullying or willful violence will be notified. Incidents of Normal Peer Conflict may or may not be reported, depending on the details and events.


It is the policy of CCCS to assist children in arriving at inner discipline through concentrated work. Students are assisted in developing the skills necessary to control their own actions to develop self-discipline. Natural or logical consequences are used as a means of helping the child to develop inner limits. Classroom guidelines are as follows:

  • If a child is disruptive or endangers others, staff immediately intervene in as positive manner as possible.
  • If a child has trouble settling into the class, they are redirected to an activity by the teacher.
  • If the child is still unable to settle down, the teacher will intervene and may have the child remain beside them until the child is able to calm down and make respectful choices.
  • When an incident occurs, then the teacher or staff involved will submit a summary of the incident to the School Director.
  • If the behavior becomes extreme, the teacher will schedule a meeting with the parents and depending on the circumstances, with the Director or appropriate staff, while the incident is still fresh in the child’s mind. Staff, parents, and child will respectfully work together to modify the behavior.
  • If a pattern of willful, disruptive behavior develops:
    • Teachers will record behavioral observation.
    • The teacher will inform the student’s parents.
    • Appropriate staff will be notified.
    • The student, teacher, parents, and Director will work together to modify behavior.
    • If a child persists in the unprovoked, willful and deliberate hurting of others, thus resulting in the child not fulfilling his or her responsibilities in the Master Agreement and/or the Acknowledgment of Responsibilities, then the student will be exited from Cottonwood Creek’s site classes and/or Homeschool Program.



Cottonwood Creek Charter School encourages students to show respect for differences in others, including but not limited to race, gender, and religion while fostering a school environment free from all forms of bullying and intimidation. In partnership with families, the school’s focus, based on core principles and active pedagogy, is on preventative measures for such behaviors, by teaching children how to:

  • Be caring and courteous
  • Cooperate with others
  • Deal with negative feelings (anger, jealousy, etc.)
  • Stand up for themselves without being aggressive
  • Engage in discussions to resolve differences, express feelings, and show empathy
  • Respect and celebrate the unique qualities of every person


Non-violent Communication

  • Encourage teachers to embody peaceful programs against bullying and violence in their classroom curriculum in order to develop a positive educational approach to minimize such behavior.
  • Encourage parents to work as a member of a peaceful team with teachers, staff, other parents, and administration to resolve issues in a way that respects the needs of all children and adults involved as well as privacy laws that a public school must follow.
  • Record incidents of bullying or willful violence in a consistent way that allows for monitoring of such behavior.
  • Respect for the privacy of student and family information, including discipline issues.
  • Discuss appropriate standards of behavior and school rules with all students.
  • Involve other agencies as necessary.


Student Support

  • Improving the self-esteem of victims through activities that build self-confidence, self-awareness, and the ability to stand up for themselves.
  • Requesting communication assistance when appropriate.
  • Teaching conflict resolution skills.
  • Taking bullying and willful and deliberate violence seriously and thoroughly investigating.
  • Helping children develop positive conflict resolution skills to deal with Normal Peer Conflict.
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