Each year, St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) strives to be proactive and progressive in addressing current trends impacting our students and the school environment. A safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment is critical to student success. During the past two years, we have launched initiatives to address young driver safety and cyber safety. This year, we have focused our efforts on preventing occurrences of bullying. Bullying and its tragic affects on school campuses and in communities across the nation continue to make headlines. Be assured that SMCPS has and will continue its commitment to proactively address this issue and enhance both prevention and intervention strategies to stop acts of bullying.
If you ever feel that a student is a risk, please reach out to us by filing a report with SafeSchools.
Bullying is any intentional negative actions on the part of one or more students, repeatedly and over time, that interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational programs. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to harm or harass others in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner. Defamation, hazing, and stalking may also be considered bullying.
Harassment is intentional and inappropriate negative actions or conduct on the part of one or more students that cause discomfort with identity issues in regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or identifying characteristics, and that interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational programs.
Intimidation is subjecting an individual to intentional action that seriously threatens and induces a sense of fear and/or inferiority.
Reports of bullying/harassment/intimidation may also be followed up by completing the Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form below or found in Appendix 7 of the 2016-2017 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.