da Vinci District 24/7 Tobacco Policy
District policy prohibits the use, possession, concealment,distribution or intent to distribute, or sale of any tobacco or non-tobacco nicotine product in all school-related situations, by any person, at any time,in any location, and at any event. Tobacco nicotine products include chew,cigars, cigarettes, hookah use, loose tobacco, e-cigarettes, snus, orbs, and nicotine strips.
da Vinci District Anti-Bullying Policy
The da Vinci Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment or bullying. The Board has determined that a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Harassment or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students in a safe environment. Demonstration of appropriate behavior,treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers to provide positive examples for student behavior.
‘Harassment/Bullying’ is any gesture or written, verbal, graphic,or physical act (including electronically transmitted acts – i.e. internet,cell phone, personal digital assistant (pda), or wireless hand held device)that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression; or a mental, physical, or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic. Such behavior is considered harassment or bullying whether it takes place on or off school property, at any school-sponsored function, or in a school vehicle.
‘Harassment/Bullying’ is conduct that meets all of the following criteria:
● Directed at one or more pupils.
● Substantially interferes with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more pupils.
● Adversely affects the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the school district’s educational programs or activities because the conduct, as reasonably perceived by the pupil, is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive as to have this effect; and,
● Based on a pupil’s actual or perceived distinguishing characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression; or a mental, physical, or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic or is based on an association with another person who has or is perceived to have any of these characteristics.
da Vinci expects students to conduct themselves in a manner in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, school staff, volunteers, and contractors.
da Vinci believes that standards for student behavior must be set cooperatively through interaction among the students, parents and guardians, staff and community members of the school district, producing an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-discipline. The development of this atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for district and community property on the part of students, staff and community members.
da Vinci believes that the best discipline is self-imposed, and that it is the responsibility of staff to use disciplinary situations as opportunities for helping students learn to assume responsibility and the consequences of their behavior. Staff members who interact with students shall apply best practices designed to prevent discipline problems and encourage students’ abilities to develop self-discipline.
Since bystander support of harassment or bullying can support these behaviors, da Vinci prohibits both active and passive support for acts of harassment or bullying. The staff should encourage students to support students who walk away from these acts when they see them, constructively attempt to stop them, or report them to the designated authority.
da Vinci requires its school administrators to develop and implement procedures that ensure both the appropriate consequences and remedial responses to a student or staff member who commits one or more acts of harassment or bullying. The following factors, at a minimum, shall be given full consideration by school administrators in the development of the procedures for determining appropriate consequences and remedial measures for each act of harassment or bullying.