It is the policy of Buncombe County Board of Education that students and employees should not be subjected to forms of bullying, harassment, hazing, or discrimination while at school or school-sponsored activities. Furthermore, the policy’s intent is to address this issue in a proactive manner through the establishment of a system for educating students and staff at the school level regarding the identification, prevention, intervention, and reporting of such anti-social acts. The responsibility for effective prevention and response to acts of bullying, harassment, hazing, and discrimination lies within a collaborative effort of administrators, teachers, school staff, students, parents, school communities, and appropriate community support agencies. The process at the school level to establish educational procedures and programs should include a comprehensive representation of the participants identified above. Within such programs and procedures a focus shall be placed on training school staff and students regarding the recognition and reporting of incidents through a systematic process respective of state and federal laws.
Students and parents are encouraged to submit any complaints of discrimination, hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation to the school principal. Complaints or reports may be made anonymously. If for any reason, the student is not comfortable reporting to the school principal, then the complaint should be reported to the Associate Superintendent for the Buncombe County School System. This individual may be contacted by calling the Buncombe County Schools Administrative Offices at 255-5884.
More information on Board Policy 2710/4021/7230 can be found on the Candler School Website (http://www.buncombe.k12.nc.us/Domain/2014) or on the Buncombe County Schools website (http://www.buncombe.k12.nc.us).