Bullying behavior by any student in the Ellington Public Schools is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. “Bullying” means any overt acts by a student or a group of students directed against another student with the intent to ridicule, harass, humiliate or intimidate the other student while on school grounds, at school- sponsored activity, or on a school bus, which acts are repeated against the same student over time. Such overt acts, which occur off-campus (and not at a school sponsored activity), may also constitute bullying if it is determined that they have a direct and negative impact on a student’s academic performance or safety in school.

Students may file verbal or written complaints concerning suspected bullying behavior, and students shall be permitted to anonymously report acts of bullying to teachers and school administrators. Anonymous bullying forms are available in the guidance and main office and also may be completed on the Anonymous Bullying Form.

In addition, parents may also file written complaints concerning suspected bullying behavior. If a parent or student wishes to make a report of suspected bullying, they may do so by calling EMS Administration or school counselors to give a report.  In addition, parents may complete and submit a Bullying Incident Report to EMS Administration.