Defining Bullying: “Bullying” is defined as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expressions, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-sponsored or school-related activity or on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to or from school or a school-sponsored or school-related activity that:
Rapoport Academy uses STOPit, an online and app-based system, to empower students, parents, teachers, and others to anonymously report anything of concern to school officials - from cyber-bullying to threats of violence or self-harm.
STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. STOPit will also help us go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it. As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, we are taking a proactive step to empower students to become Upstanders in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable.
Our students will have access to the STOPit mobile app, which has two simple but powerful features:
After submission of a report, the District will notify the parent of the alleged target and the parent of the alleged aggressor. Retaliation against anyone involved in the reporting process is a violation of District policy and is prohibited. Additional information about the District's response process can be found here: Response to a Report of Bullying.pdf
During the 85th Texas Legislature, SB 179 - "David’s Law" was passed and signed into law effective September 1, 2017. The newly enacted law relates to harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying of a public school student, a charter school student or a minor and encouraging certain mental health programs for public school students; increasing a criminal penalty, and providing a civil remedy.
Learn more about the Texas Bullying Laws: