Bullying Prevention

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Bullying Prevention

Incident Reporting Form

The Owego Apalachin Central School District is committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students. If you feel that you, or someone you know, has been the victim of bullying or harassment, please fill out and return this form to your building principal as soon as possible.

What does 'bullying' mean in OA?

 What should a student do if they believe they have been subjected to harassment or discrimination?

Students should notify a member of the school district’s faculty or staff if they believe they have been a victim of harassment or bullying. 
They can do this in person, but if they are not comfortable enough to do that, they may also access a report form located at the top of this page, print it, fill it out, then submit it to one of the administrators listed in the right-hand panel of this page. 
Upon receiving verbal or written notice, adults must:
• Intervene • Investigate • Report • Promptly make referral 
The OA faculty or staff member receiving information will prepare a written record of details (disciplinary referral) and will then notify a member of the district administration.
The teacher, staff and/or administrator will then communicate with the student and/or parents of the student to assure them that the report will be taken seriously, and will be acted on promptly.
An investigation will then begin. School officials will meet with the student/parents fi ling the report, with the people who are accused of being involved, and with any witnesses. This will lead to a follow-up with the student/parents, at which time, any consequences or appropriate interventions will be discussed.

The New York State Dignity for All Students Act (or DASA) was signed into law September 13, 2010, and went into effect July 1, 2012. It states that no student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at school functions based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, or gender.

Facts about bullying   
  • One out of every four teen-agers are harassed or bullied. 
  • Nine out of ten lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender students experience harassment at school or online. 
  • As many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of being bullied. 
  • One out of every five kids admits to having engaged in bullying acts, or doing “some bullying.” 
  • Forty-three (43) percent of kids have been bullied while online. One in four have had it happen more than once. 
  • Fifty-eight (58) percent of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than four out of ten say it has happened more than once. Physically • Punching, shoving, acts that hurt people Verbally • Name calling, making offensive remarks Indirectly • Spreading rumors, excluding, ganging up On the Internet or Through Various Technologies • Sending insulting messages or threats by e-mail, text messaging, chat

DASA Contacts

District Level 
Joe DiCosimo, Director of Operations
5 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego New York 13827
607-687-7307 x7050
Owego Free Academy
Ken Francisco, Principal
1 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego New York 13827
607-687-7301 x1001
Owego Apalachin Middle School
Ken Francisco, Principal
3 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego New York 13827
607-687-7301 x1001
Owego Elementary School
Phil Schofield, Principal
2 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego New York 13827
607-687-7303 x3001
Apalachin Elementary School
Thomas Beatty, Principal
405 Pennsylvania Ave. Apalachin New York 13732
607-687-7304 x4001

OA Bullying & Harassment Policy

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