As required by ORC 3313.666, twice a year, school districts are required to provide the president of the board of education with a written summary of all reported harassment, intimidation and bullying incidents, as well as post the written summary on the district website. This my letter to inform you regarding the activity at Waterford Elementary School.
According to the Ohio Department of Education,
“3.1.*Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means either of the following: 3.1.1. Any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibited toward other particular student more than once and the behavior both: 126.96.36.199. *Causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and 188.8.131.52. *Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student. 3.1.2. Violence within a dating relationship.”
Based upon the terms defined by the Ohio Department of Education, Waterford Elementary School has had zero instances that correlate to harassment, intimidation and bullying from August through December, 2017. I take pride in confronting bullying, harassment and intimidation head on and with the active participation of students; thus, opening a dialogue to avoid future instances. It is my hope that Waterford Elementary will continue down a path of positivity, acceptance of others and kindness, in our fight against bullying.
Jana M. Thomas
Principal, Waterford Elementary