Marco Forster Middle School has launched a new program called “Text-A-Tip” in another effort to keep schools safe. The program provides students a confidential method to report problems directly to the School Resource Deputy and to school administrators.
Text-A-Tip will allow students to use their cell phone to text and report issues such as bullying, depression, fights, drugs, weapons, and any threats relating to campus safety. Via a confidential text, students can detail a problem without the fear of being labeled a “snitch,” “rat,” or “tattletale” by their peers. Posters will be placed around the campus so students will be aware of the program and the phone number for sending their texts.
Texting is a very comfortable way for the youth of today to communicate, and we feel this program will keep the lines of communication open between the students and the school administrators.
Text-A-Tip to (949) 829-3Tip / (949) 829-3847
This program is not intended for emergency use. In case of an emergency requiring immediate law enforcement response, students should call 911.
Capistrano Unified School District strives to be Bully Free!
CUSD schools proactively construct and maintain a social atmosphere which addresses all forms of bullying through:
- Creating a positive school culture via a school-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).
- A beginning-of-the-year school-wide assembly which defines bullying and its consequences.
- Ongoing, school-wide student and staff educational opportunities
Definition of Bullying– Board Policy 5141(d):
Bullying shall mean unwelcome, pervasive, and/or severe verbal, written, or physical conduct, though any means (including social media, texting, etc.) which is directed at a student or staff member by a student or staff member that has the effect of any or all of the following:
- Creating an intimidating and/or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities, or the ability of a staff member to perform his or her duties;
- Damaging, extorting, or taking a student or a staff member’s personal property;
- Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of physical, emotional, or mental harm;
- Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of damage to, or loss of, personal property.
What to do if you feel you are being bullied:
- Talk to your parents or other trusted adults. They can help stop the bullying.
- Talk to your teacher, school counselor, or principal. Telling is not tattling.
- Don’t fight back. Don’t try to bully those who bully you.
- Try not to show anger or fear. Students who bully like to see that they can upset you. Calmly tell the student to stop…or say nothing and then walk away.
- Limit the interaction.
- Limit your message to five (5) words or less. Example: “Leave me alone.”
- “Three Strikes you’re out” rule. Repeat your five (5) words or less three times then walk away.
- Try and avoid situations in which bullying is likely to happen.
How to Report Bullying?
Students can report any incidents of bullying or harassment which may include:
- Text-A-Tip (Number is posted on school web-site)
- Incident Report Form in the office
- Online Bully Form or “Bully Box”
- Speak to or email a staff member
- Referral from staff member or bystander who witnessed event
Assistant Principal and/or Counselor will investigate the incident.
- Ensure all parties are familiar with Board Policy 5141(d) as it relates to bullying
- Follow up with concerned party and discuss results of investigation
Consequences for Bullying may include, but are not limited to:
- Situation logged in discipline file
- Bullying complaint report completed
- Situation logged in Bully Log filed both at school and at the District office
- Conflict Mediation
- Detention, Suspension, Involuntary Transfer, Expulsion
- Behavior Contract
- Notify School Resource Officer