Bullying Prevention and Intervention

December 30, 2020

Dear Gill-Montague Schools Students, Families, Faculty, Staff and Community Members:

Our district Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan  is currently under revision to incorporate language changes and guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), updates to prevention and social emotional learning programs currently being used within the district, and to improve on formating and accessibility of the document.  Additionally as we update our plan, we want to invite feedback from students, families, faculty, staff, and community members. 

Updates to our Bullying Prevention plan are linked here in accordance with state guidance and legal statute.

Stakeholder Engagement-   If you want to particpate in an ad-hoc group to revise our district bullying prevention and intervention plan or simply want to offer feedback apart from a committee please contact Sabrina Blanchard, in the superintendent's office, at 413 863-9324 or via email at Sabrina.Blanchard@gmrsd.org.  We will be gathering feedback through February 28, 2021.  Please also be on the look out for communications from your student's school or survey links seeking stakeholder input. 

Incident report form link

Statement of Commitment

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.