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Administrative Regulations Manual & Procedures

Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed in the Board Governance Policies, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Regulations and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. A comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed between August and December 2015, and the conversion to an Administrative Regulations Manual was completed on February 1, 2016.

Regulations establish legal records and standards of conduct for the school district. Regulations can provide a bridge between the School Board's philosophy and goals and the everyday administration of programs.

The Issaquah School District is continually updating Regulations and procedures to keep current with state laws and regulations as well as best practices. Regulations or procedures on this website may be in transition or in process of being revised. Please contact Tricia Romo, Public Records Officer, if you have a specific policy question or to double-check on a Regulation.

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Prohibition Against Harassment Intimidation and Bullying - 3207


Code: 3207

Adopted: 4/27/1994

Last Revised Date: 10/17/2014

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The District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.

Complaints alleging harassment, intimidation, or bullying of parents or volunteers arising out of District programs will be processed via Regulation 4011.

A. Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying Defined

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” is defined for purposes of this Regulation as any intentional written message or image - including those that are electronically transmitted, verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the 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 (for example, substantially interfering with classroom performance, attendance, or pattern of tardiness) 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.

Nothing in this section requires the affected student actually to possess a characteristic that is a basis for harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, and weight. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act.

Harassment, intimidation and bullying can take many forms, including: graffiti, pictures, photographs, slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons,- pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral or physical, or electronically transmitted messages or images.

This Regulation is not intended to prohibit protected expression of religious, philosophical, or political views that does not substantially or materially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying may still be prohibited by other District Regulations or building, classroom, or program rules.

B. Prevention

The District will provide students with strategies aimed at preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying. In its efforts to train students, the District will seek partnerships with families, law enforcement, and other community agencies.

C. Interventions

Interventions are designed to remediate the impact on the targeted student(s) and others impacted by the violation, to change the behavior of the perpetrator, and to restore a positive school climate.

The District will consider the frequency of incidents, developmental age of the student, and severity of the conduct in determining intervention strategies. Interventions will range from counseling, correcting behavior and discipline, to law enforcement referrals.

D. Disciplinary Action

Any student of the District, who harasses, intimidates or bullies another person shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from school, in accordance with the District’s Regulations concerning student discipline.

E. Students with Individual Education Plans or Section 504

If the District has determined that a student with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan has been the target of harassment, intimidation or bullying (HIB), the school will convene the student’s IEP or Section 504 team to determine whether as result of the HIB determine if the student’s needs have changed such that the student is no longer receiving a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). The meeting will occur regardless of whether the harassment, intimidation or bullying incident was based on the student’s disability. During the meeting, the team will consider factors such as any sudden changes in the student’s academic performance or behavioral interruptions or disruptions, onset of emotional outbursts, attendance, and participation in extracurricular activities. The team will determine whether and to what extent the student’s needs have changed; the HIB impacted the student’s receipt of a FAPE; and additional or different services, if any, are needed to ensure that needed changes are made promptly and the student is provided a FAPE.

F. Retaliation/False Accusations

Retaliation is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. It is a violation of this Regulation to threaten or harm someone for reporting harassment, intimidation, or bullying or for participating in the investigation of such a report.

It is also a violation of this Regulation to knowingly report false allegations of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Persons who are found to have knowingly reported false allegations or corroborate false allegations will be subject to disciplinary action.

G. Remedies

The District will take corrective measures designed to eliminate harassment, intimidation or bullying and prevent its reoccurrence. When deemed appropriate by the District, the District shall provide support and/or assistance for individuals who have been subjected to harassment, intimidation or bullying in the District’s educational or work environment.

H. Compliance Officer

The superintendent will appoint a compliance officer as the primary District contact to receive copies of all formal and informal complaints and ensure Regulation implementation. The name and contact information for the compliance officer will be communicated throughout the District.

The Superintendent is authorized to direct the development and implementation of procedures addressing the elements of this Regulation, including complaint and investigation components.

Cross References:

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Legal References:

  • RCW 28A.300.285 Harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention Policies
  • RCW 28A.600.480 Reporting of harassment, intimidation, or bullying ­ Retaliation prohibited-Immunity
  • RCW 9A.36.080 Malicious Harassment - Definition and criminal penalty
  • RCW 28A.642 K-12 Education- Prohibition of discrimination
  • RCW 49.60 Discrimination- Human Rights Commission
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