Students are expected to act with consideration and respect for other students, staff and their property. School personnel are responsible for creating a safe, civil and respectful learning environment where students can gain the knowledge and interpersonal skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Bullying creates a climate of fear and hostility, disrupts the educational process, inhibits the ability to learn, adversely affects student participation in educational programs and activities, has as negative effect on a school’s social environment and leads to antisocial behavior. Bullying behaviors may focus on an actual or perceived characteristic such as race, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, or other reasons related to a student’s distinguishing characteristic. Calvin Public School prohibits any and all forms of bullying by students and will not tolerate acts of retaliation for making a report of bullying. In order to maintain a safe, civil and respectful learning environment, school staff shall identify early indicators of bullying behavior and stop bullying behavior. All school staff must refer perpetrators for appropriate discipline.