The Gill-Montague Regional School District is committed to educating the Whole Child, ensuring that each child in the district is healthy, safe, engaged, challenged, and supported. To this end, the Gill-Montague Regional School District is committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment that is free of bullying and cyberbullying. This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive efforts to promote learning, and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behaviors that can impede student learning.
We understand that members of certain student groups, such as students with disabilities, students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and homeless students may be more vulnerable to becoming targets of bullying, harassment, or teasing. The Gill-Montague Regional School District will take specific steps, outlined in this Plan, to create a safe, supportive environment for vulnerable populations in the school community, and provide all students with the skills, knowledge, and strategies to prevent or respond to bullying, harassment, or teasing.
The Gill-Montague Regional School District will not tolerate any unlawful or disruptive behavior, including any form of bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation, in our school buildings, on school grounds, or in school-related activities. We will investigate promptly all reports and complaints of bullying, cyberbullying, and retaliation, and take prompt action to end that behavior and restore the target’s sense of safety. We will support this commitment in all aspects of our school community, including curricula, instructional programs, staff development, extracurricular activities, and parent or guardian involvement.
The Gill-Montague Regional School District is also committed to ensuring that there are proactive and therapeutic responses available to the aggressors involved as well as to the targets because we believe that as a community we must not forget that aggressors are victims in their own way and that we must reach out to them proactively while at the same time holding them responsible for their behavior.