Asked Questions - Parents
- What can I do if my child is being bullied at school?
can access “Report of Bullying/Harassment Incident” forms in their school’s
main office or online at: www.madison.k12.wi.us/node/925. The forms can
be submitted to any staff member at your school and they will turn it in to the
can also verbally communicate concerns about bullying incidences to any staff
member, who will then complete a “Report of Bullying/Harassment Incident.” If you’d like your child to receive support
form a Student Services professional at school, contact your school’s Social
Worker or Psychologist.
of students that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning can
seek additional support through MMSD’s GLBTQ Coordinator, Liz Lusk at 663-8449.
- If my child is being bullied outside of school and/or
cyber-bullied via computer or cell phone, what is the school’s responsibility?
Anti-Bullying Policy prohibits bullying on “all school and district grounds and
in all school and district buildings; at all school and district-sponsored
activities; and on all vehicles used for transportation to and from school and
school sponsored/district-sponsored activities.”
it is not the responsibility of school staff to respond to incidences of
bullying that occur outside of district grounds and during activities not
sponsored by the district, these incidences often can carry over and have an
impact at school. Student Services staff
are available at each school to assist individual students with challenges
outside the school environment and provide conflict mediation.
- If I file a “Report of Bullying/Harassment Incident”
with the school, what follow-up communication can I expect?
will be notified following the investigation of the determination that was made
– meaning, whether the report was determined to be unfounded or founded and, if
founded, whether the incident was determined to be bullying or
will be notified of the possible interventions available to your child and
provided with a description of steps taken to assist your child including a
safety plan, if appropriate. The school
can NOT share information regarding
disciplinary action and/or interventions implemented with other students (i.e.
the student engaging in the bullying behavior) due to policies around
- If I am not satisfied with the school’s response after
filing a “Report of Bullying/Harassment Incident,” what next steps can I take?
and/or parents/guardians can appeal the determination made regarding the
incident. To make an appeal, file a
written letter of complaint, including the date and a signature, with MMSD’s
Affirmative Action Office, District Administration Building, 545 West Dayton Street,
Madison, Wisconsin 53703. For more
information call Amos Anderson, 663-1530.