Poli­cies on bul­ly­ing, fees OK’D by board

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Stein

With no dis­cus­sion at a brief meet­ing Aug. 23, the Soud­er­ton Area School Board unan­i­mously adopted po­lices on bul­ly­ing and ac­tiv­ity fees.

The anti-bul­ly­ing pol­icy now in­cludes “in­ten­tional, elec­tronic, ver­bal, writ­ten or phys­i­cal acts or se­ries of acts that, in­di­vid­u­ally or cu­mu­la­tively, are se­vere, per­sis­tent or per­va­sive” and “di­rected at a stu­dent by an­other stu­dent in a school set­ting and that has the in­tent and ef­fect of: phys­i­cal harm, dam­ag­ing, ex­tort­ing or tak­ing prop­erty, plac­ing a stu­dent in fear of harm or fear of loss of prop­erty.”

The pol­icy also in­cludes cre­at­ing an “in­tim­i­dat­ing or hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment” through shun­ning, spread­ing ru­mors or cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

The board also adopted a pol­icy to al­low stu­dent ac­tiv­ity fees of $150 at the high school and mid­dle school level. The fee will be col­lected for par­tic­i­pa­tion in “all co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties ex­cept ser­vice clubs, elected po­si­tions and cour­ses such as band and cho­rus. Students who qual­ify for free and re­duced price lunches will not

be made to pay a fee.”

In other busi­ness, Bradley York, a Har­leysville par­ent, asked the board to change its pol­icy re­gard­ing fundrais­ing.

York said that the Soud­er­ton Area Football As­so­ci­a­tion would like to sell $5 rDIflH WLFNHWs DW FrLGDy night football games. Each per­son who buys a ticket would get a T-shirt or prac­tice jersey, he said. The wLn­nHr oI WKH rDIflH wouOG re­ceive a GMC ve­hi­cle that has been do­nated by that com­pany.

While he un­der­stands the pro­hi­bi­tion against gam­bling, York said the rDIflH Ls noW JDPEOLnJ EH­cause each per­son gets a shirt with the pur­chase of a ticket.

“Youth sports has re­ally suf­fered [due to the cur­rent re­ces­sion],” said York. “We have more hard­ship cases than we’ve ever had.

“With the sit­u­a­tion we’re in, we need all the fundrais­ing we can get,” York added. “Our pro­grams are the feeder pro­grams for the ju­nior high and high school. Our football play­ers are yours. Our cheer­lead­ers are yours.”

The money goes to­ward equip­ment and safety, he said.

Board Pres­i­dent Bernard Cur­rie said that many of the dis­trict’s poli­cies are re­quired by the state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, he asked the ad­min­is­tra­tion to look into the re­quest and told York WKDW oI­fiFLDOs wouOG JHW back to him.

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