Montpelier Exempted Village Schools is fully committed to curbing student bullying and school violence, and providing a positive learning environment for all students that enhances personal safety and promotes respect, dignity, and equality among students. We believe our schools play an important role in helping faculty, staff and parents prepare students to be respectful and responsible citizens. As part of our commitment, the district in enhancing our phone and texting reporting tools for students, parents and staff. These tools provide:
Student training regarding the need to speak up about safety and bullying issues.
Staff training in recognizing and responding to incidents of bullying, violence and self-harm.
Administrative systems to manage incidents and document district and school response to reported concerns of bullying or violence.
Montpelier Schools will make every effort to handle and respond to all charges and complaints filed by students, parents and employees in a fair, thorough, and just manner. Because we do want to follow up with every complaint, contact information from the person reporting an incident would help us with the investigation; however, is not required in order to submit a report. Also, every effort will be made to protect the due process rights of all victims and all alleged perpetrators.
How to Use the Safer Ohio School Tip Line
Students who believe they have been harassed, bullied, victimized by fellow students, or have other concerns which may jeopardize the safety of students, employees or school facilities, are asked to Speak Up! and promptly report the issue using our district’s enhanced hotline – accessible by telephone or text messaging. This hotline can also be used by parents, guardians and staff members. To report an issue:
Call or text 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764)
You will automatically talk to a live person and can discus your concerns and tips.
This service is for the safety of everyone.
The Montpelier Schools Board of Education has an approved Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior Policy (Po5517.01) which specifically prohibits bullying of or by any student or employee, with consequences identified for those acts. The definition of bullying is defined in the policy as:
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means:
any intentional written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward another particular student(s) more than once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student(s) and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s); or
violence within a dating relationship.
"Electronic act" means an act committed through the use of a cellular telephone, computer, pager, personal communication device, or other electronic communication device.
The policy sets forth guidelines for the identification and reporting of bullying - as the overall goal of the initiative is the protection of students and their increased feelings of safety and belonging. The policy requires teachers and staff to utilize a variety of prevention and intervention activities and includes tools and resources that create environments of safety and respect and expectations of appropriate behavior.
Other Anti-Bullying Resources: