The Salem Public Schools is committed to providing all students and staff with a safe, healthy, and welcoming learning environment. Additionally, SPS is committed to ensuring its students experience equitable educational opportunities free from bullying, harassment, discrimination, prejudice, and hate crimes. All community members are expected to treat each other with respect and appreciate the different and richly diverse personal qualities and skills of members of our school community.

View the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan: English | Spanish | Portuguese | Haitian Creole

READ: Policy 5401.01 Prohibition of bullying and cyberbullying.

Is it bullying?

When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful, and they do it once…..
That MAY be considered DISRESPECTFUL.

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once
or both parties are equally being intentionally hurtful…….

When someone says or does something verbally, physically, or written/electronically that
intentionally hurts someone, continues the behavior even when told to stop or shown that the
the person being targeted is upset and has a perceived power imbalance over the target…

Bullying, as defined in M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, is the repeated use by one or more students/staff of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that:

  •  i. causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property 
  • ii. places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property 
  • iii. creates a hostile environment at school for the target 
  • iv. infringes on the rights of the target at school
  • v. materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school

What happens when I submit a Bullying Incident Form?

Step 1: Initial Report

Task:Appropriate Staff:Timeline:
Receive Initial Report:Principal/Assistant PrincipalWithin 24 hours of receiving complaint 
Necessary Forms: Bullying Incident Form
Notify family of the alleged target of intent to investigate Principal/Assistant Principal Within 5 school days 
Set up meeting with alleged target and identify safety concernsPrincipal/Assistant Principal As soon as possible, or next school day

Meeting with Alleged Target

If safety concerns are identified with alleged target/aggressor, then: If No safety concerns are identified with alleged target/aggressor, then: 
Create a safety plan considering ALL aspects of the school day and identify a trusted adult. Take statement from the alleged target 
Notify parent of the Safety Plan
Notify the trusted adult of the Safety Plan 
Notify teachers of the safety plan and the identified trusted adult  
Take statement from the alleged target 

Meeting with Alleged Aggressor

If Yes, Safety Concerns If No, Safety Concerns 
Develop a plan to separate the alleged aggressor from the target Take statement from the alleged aggressor 
Notify parent of the alleged aggressor and target there is a plan 
Notify teachers of the aggressor and target of the allegation and the plan 
Take statement from the alleged aggressor 

Step 2: Witness Statements

Task:Appropriate Staff:Timeline:
Staff documents statements from all witnessesPrincipal/Assistant Principal Teacher(s)Support StaffWithin five school days
Assess if the situation meets standards for bullying❏ Power Imbalance ❏ Repeated/or potential of repetition ❏ IntentionalPrincipal/Assistant Principal Within five school days 

Step 3: Conclusions and Report of Findings

Task:Appropriate Staff:Timeline:
Does the allegation involve a protected class? (race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, genetics, or active military status)Principal/Assistant PrincipalImmediately contact Executive Director of Student Support Services  
Make determination on whether or not bullying occuredPrincipal/Assistant PrincipalWithin five schools days of initial report

Click here to report a bullying incident