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.
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.
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
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 complaints will not result in disciplinary consequences. (See BOE Policy 5131.9)
Several organizations offer helpful information in this area. You might want to explore any of the following resources:
The Ophelia Project:
The Connecticut State Department of Education:
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.