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School Closure

With student and staff safety as our top concern, GISD has decided to close all schools and offices on Friday, February 3, 2023, due to continued unsafe road conditions. See the Weather Procedures page for more details.

No student should be subjected to bullying or harassment that interferes with their ability to learn. No student should be subjected to safety problems that can result from bullying and harassment.

What is bullying?

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Bullying prevention

Our ultimate goal as a district is to eliminate bullying in all of its forms, whether online or in-person.  Help us curb the national issue of bullying by taking action as a community and discussing the importance of prevention with your family. 

Tips for students on stopping bullying

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Bullying investigation process

Please read through the five steps below to learn more about our bullying investigation process.

Step 1: Bullying report

The bullying investigation process is initiated as soon as a complaint or allegation of bullying is received. Teachers and staff members are required to report acts of bullying.

We encourage students, parents or guardians to report acts of bullying to a teacher, counselor or campus administrator either in person, by using the incident report form below or via Anonymous Alerts®. This tool allows you to report urgent student concerns quickly and anonymously to school officials via the webform or web app.

Anonymous Alerts® is monitored by GISD Security 24-hours daily and should only be used for serious and urgent matters. In the event of an emergency or life-threatening event, it is always imperative to call 911.

To place a report from a mobile device, first download the free Anonymous Alerts® app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. Then open the app and enter activation code garlandisd.

Submit an Anonymous Alert®

Step 2: Investigation by school administration

The school administration is notified of the bullying complaint. The complaint is entered and the parents of the alleged victim and perpetrator are notified. The administrator begins investigating the events.

The target, perpetrator and witness (if applicable) are interviewed.

All information for the entire process will be documented.

Step 3: Bullying determination

Administration will review information and determine if the bullying claim is valid.

Keep in mind that even if a behavior was not considered to rise to the level of bullying, it may still require intervention and discipline.

Step 4: Notification of findings

Parents of all students involved will be informed of the incident and whether the complaint was determined to be bullying or not.

A safety plan may be reviewed.

Step 5: Consequences assigned

Consequences will be assigned as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Targets of bullying will not be punished.

Rights to appeal are explained to all parties.

Retaliation against students who report bullying will not be tolerated.

Report forms

Incident Report Form - English (PDF)
Incident Report Form - Spanish (PDF)

Resources

District counseling services

David's Legacy Foundation - non-profit dedicated to ending cyber-assisted bullying

Contact us

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