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Bullying and harassment

East Lyme Schools are committed to providing an environment that supports learning.  The district responds to bullying and harassment complaints comprehensively and in a timely manner. We have included on this page direct access to the processes and documentation regarding bullying and harassment.

Bullying / Safe School Climate Plans

The district documents proactive strategies within the School Climate Plan of each school.

       Entire Safe School Climate Plan (BOE approved 5/15/12)

Safe School Climate Plans

Each School in the district maintains a Safe School Climate Plan. Each plan contains proactive strategies, professional development, and data collection systems to promote positive school climate. Plans are reviewed annually with climate survey data.

         East Lyme High School
 East Lyme Middle School
 Flanders School
 Lillie B. Haynes School
 Niantic Center School
Safe School Climate Specialists and Coordinator

In 2012, state legislation mandated the creation of school Climate Specialists. The responsibilities of the specialist is to maintain the school bullying documentation and to oversee and/or conduct all investigations of bullying.   The school climate specialists and the district Safe School Coordinator annually review data regarding school climate and bullying.   The Safe School Climate Specialists and Coordinator are listed below.

 District Coordinator Donna Gittleman 860-739-3966
         High School        Laurie Zaneski   860-739-6946
 Middle School Jason Bitgood 860-739-4491
 Flanders School Linda Anania 860-739-8475
 Lillie B. Haynes School David Miko 860-739-2922
 Niantic Center School Melissa DeLoreto 860-739-3961


What is Bullying

See East Lyme Board of Education  Policy 5131.9 regarding bullying and  Policy 5131.913 regarding cyberbullying.


Board of Education Policies:

The East Lyme School district has specific policies prohibiting bullying and harassment within our school community:

        Bullying - Policy 5131.9

        Cyberbullying - Policy 5131.913
        Sexual Harassment - Policy 5145.5
       Sexual Harassment - Regulation 5145.5


Suspect your child is being bullied?

If you suspect that your child is being bullied, you may contact any administrator in the appropriate building or Christopher Olsen,  ELPS Director of Security. 

        Administration Contact Information

        Christopher Olsen, Director of Security, 860-739-6946 Ext. 2533

To report an incidence of bullying, click here


What should I expect when I file a complaint?

Every bullying complaint will be investigated within 48 hours of the filing.

Every complaint of bullying will be deemed to be or not to be a verified act of bullying.

Confidentiality will be maintained regarding student consequences.

Anonymous Report:

Anonymous complaints will not result in disciplinary consequences. (See BOE Policy 5131.9)


Other Resources:

Several organizations offer helpful information in this area.  You might want to explore any of the following resources:

Website Links:

  The Ophelia Project: 

  The Connecticut State Department of Education:

  Bullying:  http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/  

Harassment Complaints:

   Donna Gittleman
   Assistant Superintendent of Schools
   Title IX Coordinator

If you have questions regarding harassment or Title IX concerns, or if you would like to file a harassment complaint you may contact your school principal or the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at 860-739-3966.



Upcoming Events

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