Step Up and Stop Harassment
The Step Up and Stop Harassment Task Force was launched in May 2018.
Santa Clara Unified School District does not condone the mistreatment of our students. We hold our employees to the highest professional standards and conduct. Our district strives to protect our students in every way possible — from campus security to bullying prevention and mental health services — and every representative of our district is responsible for ensuring safe school climates.
Task Force Goals
Streamline and Simplify Harassment Reporting Process
Based on Task Force recommendations and best practices, Santa Clara Unified School District is implementing streamlined and simplified harassment reporting processes and will endeavor to continually improve these processes. Report Discrimination or Harassment
Provide Expanded Harassment Training and Education for Staff, Students, and Parents
Based on Task Force recommendations and best practices, Santa Clara Unified School District is providing age-appropriate education for its students about how to recognize, respond to and report harassment and will endeavor to improve these trainings. Santa Clara Unified School District is providing ongoing and expanded harassment training for its staff, its students and their parents. Santa Clara Unified School District is providing support for students who report harassment. Santa Clara Unified School District will endeavor to continually improve these programs.
Task Force Members
The Task Force members are community leaders incuding students, parents, staff, administration, and board members. All are committed to tackle harassment and bullying head-on and to recommend best practices to ensure all Santa Clara Unified School District students are safe. If you are interested in joining the Task Force for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact Peggy Bittick at email@example.com.
The Task Force is proud to roll out our SCUSD Steps Up to Stop Harassment Wristband Campaign. This is a voluntary program—your children are not required to wear the wristband but we hope that you encourage them to do so!
The purpose of the wristbands is two-fold. One, the outside of the wristband says “SCUSD STEPS UP TO STOP HARASSMENT.” The outside reinforces that harassment of any type (race, gender, sexual, religious, etc.) is not tolerated by SCUSD and the wearer of each wristband stands with all other SCUSD students and employees who are stepping up to stop harassment. Two, the inside of the band says “See something? Say something! Report here --> http://santaclarausd.org/seesay.” The inside is a reminder that if wristband wearers experience or witness harassment, there is a link they can use to report (anonymously if they choose) incidents of harassment.
The Task Force is proud to introduce our challenge coin program. We acknowledge that it takes courage to stand up to harassers and wants to recognize students who do so. Modeled after recognition programs used by our women and men in the armed services, challenge coins will be awarded to students who step up to harassers or bullies to stop harassment and discrimination.