It is the policy of Sarasota County Schools and Riverview High School that all students have access to a safe and secure environment that is free from bullying, harassment, or discrimination of any kind.
Bullying includes cyberbullying and means systematic and chronic infliction of physical or psychological distress on another student. It includes written, verbal, or physical behavior by a student or adult that is severe or pervasive enough to: create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interferes with an individual’s access to school services or the school environment. To qualify as bullying the behavior must be intentional, repetitive, and contain a power differential.
Cyberbullying is defined as using technology or electronic communication (including social media) to engage in bullying behavior.
Harassment includes cyber-harassment and means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student that: Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to their self or damage to their property; has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.
Cyber-harassment is defined as using technology or electronic communication (including social media) to engage in harassing behavior.