All students have the right to a safe, supportive school environment. Bullying, harassment, or intimidation will not be tolerated.
Bullying can be reported by students, parents, staff members, or anyone who witnesses or is concerned about an alleged incident.
All reports will be investigated. The school principal (or designee) must investigate within two school days, and parents should expect to hear about resolution within two further school days. The principal also reports the investigation and action taken to the district office.
If the investigation concludes that bullying took place, the bully will be disciplined in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
If you are not satisfied with the investigation or resolution, contact the CEO Ombudsman at 443-984-2020.
Whether bullying takes place in person or online, it will not be tolerated at City Schools. Families should be aware of students' social media use and report any bullying or threatening communication using the online or print forms.
City Schools is working to make sure that all schools are positive places where students can feel safe and know they are respected and valued. If any member of a school community is concerned about bullying, he or she should speak with a teacher, counselor, principal, school police officer, or other member of the staff.
There are also many websites that provide information about bullying and how to prevent or respond to it. Here are four comprehensive examples.
City Schools takes incidents of sex-based discrimination in schools or during school-sponsored activities seriously. All students have the right to a safe, supportive school environment.
City Schools defines sex-based discrimination as follows: Actions that unlawfully subject a person—based on the person’s actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, and/or pregnancy/parenting status—to exclusion from participation in, denial of the benefits of, or unfavorable differential treatment with respect to any educational program or activity of City Schools. Sex-based discrimination also includes sexual harassment, as well as acts of hate, violence, insensitivity, disrespect, or retaliation—such as verbal abuse, bullying including cyberbullying, slurs, threats, physical violence, vandalism, or destruction of property—that impede or affect the learning environment, as well as sexism in all its forms, including sex-based stereotyping, based on conformance or nonconformance to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. In addition, sex-based discrimination includes conduct and practices that may be facially neutral but that have an unjustified disparate impact based on a person’s actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, and/or pregnancy/parenting status.
Some examples of sex-based discrimination include:
What do I do if I think I have experienced or witnessed sex-based discrimination in school or in a school-based activity or program?
If the incident/behavior does not involve sexual harassment, then fill out this form
If the incident/behavior involves sexual harassment, see below.
What is sexual harassment?
There are two frameworks that govern sexual harassment allegations.
Under Title IX, sexual harassment is defined as follows:
Any conduct that could be construed as sexual harassment but does not fall within the above definition, will be handled under the framework for bullying, harassment, or intimidations set out in Board Policy JICK and Administrative Regulation JICK-RA.
What do I do if I think I have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in school or in a school-based activity or program?
If you believe you have experienced or witnessed any kind of sexual harassment in school or in a school-based program or activity, please fill out the bullying reporting form. Once the EEO Unit receives the report, we will ensure that the correct framework is used for resolving the complaint.
Who handles complaints of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment?
The EEO Manager & Title IX Coordinator handles complaints of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, in collaboration with the principal of the schools involved in the complaint.
Where can I learn more about City Schools’ rules and procedures related to sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment?
Board Policy JBB and Administrative Regulation JBB-RA contain City Schools’ policies and procedures related to sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment.
If you or someone you know is concerned about sex-based behavior at a school, the first step should be to talk to someone at the school, like the principal, a teacher, school counselor, or school police officer.
Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to consider contacting the following organizations. For health emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Baltimore City Police Department Headquarters
601 Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Baltimore City SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence) Hospital
Mercy Medical Center
301 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Rape Crisis and Recovery Center
2300 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Hotline: (443) 279-0379
If you have questions or need more information about sex-based discrimination, please contact:
EEO Manager & Title IX Coordinator
200 E. North Avenue, Room 208
Baltimore, Maryland 21202