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Addressing Bullying, Harassment, and Sex-based Discrimination

Bullying

All students have the right to a safe, supportive school environment. Bullying, harassment, or intimidation will not be tolerated.

Reporting an incident

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.

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Cyberbullying and online safety

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.

Resources

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.

Sex-based Discrimination

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. 

What is sex-based discrimination?

Discriminating against a student on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is sex-based discrimination. Some examples of this may include:

  • Not being called by your preferred gender pronoun
  • Not being allowed to participate in an activity because of your sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression
  • Not being allowed to use a restroom or locker room that corresponds to your gender identity
  • Not being allowed to dress according to your gender identity and gender expression

Read more about sex-based discrimination in board policy JBB and the accompanying regulations JBB-RA.

Reporting an incident

If you or someone you know experiences sex-based discrimination in school or during school-sponsored activities, please report it.  Anyone can report an incident, including students, parents or guardians, staff members, or bystanders.  

To report an incident, please fill out this form.

All reports will be investigated. After an incident is reported, the school leader will immediately start the investigation and report the complaint to the district office.  The investigation can take up to 60 days to complete.

Please note that if your complaint is against a school leader, you may report the incident directly to the district office by calling (410) 396-8542 or by contacting the Title IX Coordinator whose information is listed below. 

While the investigation is taking place, in cases of alleged sex-based discrimination against a student by another student, interim measures may be taken to place the students in separate classes.

If the investigation concludes that the sex-based discrimination occurred, the school (or district) will take actions to end the discrimination and harassment and to prevent its re-occurrence. Appropriate disciplinary measures will be imposed and additional supports may be provided for the student and, if appropriate, the rest of the school. 

In addition to filing a complaint with school based staff, a discrimination complaint may be filed with the Baltimore City Schools Office of EEO.  You can also file a complaint with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights or file a criminal complaint with the Baltimore City Police Department.  

Resources

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
(410) 396-2525

Baltimore City SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence) Hospital
Mercy Medical Center 
301 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 332-9494

Rape Crisis and Recovery Center 
TurnAround Inc.
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:

Title IX Coordinator
Eilene Brown
Director: Fair Practices and Compliance
200 E. North Avenue, Room 208
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 396-8542
eeo-titleixcompliance@bcps.k12.md.us

Manager, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX Compliance
200 E. North Avenue, Room 208
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 396-8542
eeo-titleixcompliance@bcps.k12.md.us